Potomac Fever: the Latest Epidemic

Democrats begin their genteel but not so subtle courting rituals

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a presidential candidate with a good chance of winning must be in want of a Treasury Secretary. And an Assistant Secretary of State. And a special assistant in charge of federal procurement policy. Jane Austen would keenly appreciate the spirited comedy of manners that is being played out inside the Democratic Party: like spinsters preening before the village bachelor, Democrats are jockeying for position in a future Dukakis Administration. Some call this genteel process Potomac Fever. Others view it as the Waltz of the Wise Men Wanna-Bes.

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