A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 14, 1987

TIME Senior Writer Walter Shapiro, who wrote this week's Nation story on the 1988 presidential campaign, brings more than a soupcon of seasoning to his duties as a political observer. Indeed, as a graduate student in history at the University of Michigan in 1972, Shapiro made up his mind to run for Congress himself. "I grew up reading that anyone could do it," Shapiro recalls. "So I decided to test what it would be like to run as someone who had a three-speed bike instead of a Volvo." He campaigned daily for six months, wearing out his only suit, and finished...