During Dukakis's First 100 Days . . .

How Dukakis would handle being the Governor of the entire nation

"We thought of doing a speech on the first 100 days of a Dukakis Administration. We did a speech on regional economic development instead."

-- Christopher Edley, issues director

The morning of the New York primary, Michael Dukakis flew back to Boston to pursue his favorite pastime: governing Massachusetts. As others sought out early exit-poll results, the Governor spent nearly two hours in his Beacon Hill office conferring with Top Advisers Hale Champion and John DeVillars. The gravity of the moment, however, was not lost on DeVillars, who was once Dukakis' student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. DeVillars later marveled...

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