Bush by a Shutout

After his Southern sweep, the Vice President builds really "Big Mo"

If you mentioned George Bush in a game of word association for political insiders just six weeks ago, the responses would have been devastating: loser, wimp, preppie, lapdog. Mention the Vice President now, and the chorus would be loud and clear: Republican nominee for President.

The eternal second banana, the man thought too timid to sculpt his own political persona, the patrician who ran a pallid third in last month's Iowa caucuses and staggered into New Hampshire facing extinction, the bland campaigner who ended one debate by apologizing for his lack of eloquence -- this consensus choice as political nebbish suddenly...

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