Sounds of the Righteous Brothers

The candidates are striving to make a virtue of their virtue

When a hot breeze of scandal blew away Gary Hart's candidacy, the other contenders felt a chill of apprehension. Would each be asked, as Hart was in his last press conference, whether he had committed adultery? Would evasion stamp a politician with Hester Prynne's scarlet letter?

Last week nobody put the brutal A question directly to any of the remaining candidates, but TV talk-show hosts and newspaper reporters came close enough by demanding to know whether the inquiry was a legitimate campaign issue. Many of the candidates danced around this hand grenade, waiting for it to become yesterday's news. "The debate,"...

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