The Unreal Campaign

With few cutting issues or themes, the crowded 1988 contest seems oddly unformed

We interrupt this magazine for an important political bulletin. The bellwether Cognoscenti Caucus is now over, and the results are pouring into Election Central. In a few moments we will find out the winner of the coveted "Big Mo" Award. But first, some background.

The Cognoscenti Caucus is not for everyone. It is limited to pollsters, party activists, key fund raisers and the national press corps, whose job it is to winnow the unwieldy field and set the expectations that the candidates must meet in Iowa and New Hampshire next February. They are the elite audience the candidates have been trying...

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