The Dwarfs in Disarray

Michael Dukakis is the latest Democrat to wound himself

"Can't anybody play this here game?"

-- Casey Stengel to the New York Mets, 1962

The same anguished question might be asked by today's voters of the Democrats who propose to capture the White House next year. Unlike the ballplayers on that woeful expansion team of a quarter-century ago, the Democratic candidates were supposed to be slick, blooded pros who could project an attractive image of cool competence. Instead, they have been putting on a tangle-footed show reminiscent of the blunders that made the original Mets a synonym for ineptitude.

First Gary Hart and then Joseph Biden played themselves out of...

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