Same Substance, Different Style

For Republicans, the real issue is temperament and personality

They should certainly not be invited to the same dinner party. Even the Senate chamber is a bit confined for George Bush and Robert Dole. For that matter, the entire country sometimes seems too small a place to absorb the personal antagonisms of the two front runners for the Republican presidential nomination.

Theirs is hardly a tension born of ideological differences. On substance, Bush and Dole differ so little that in debates they seem like two wrestlers faking it for the crowd. If Dole gets exercised when Bush charges that he would raise taxes, it is precisely because he knows their...

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