Essay: Lighten Up, This Campaign Isn't So Bad

The hills are alive, with the sound of bitching. "This most dismal of presidential campaigns," wailed Elizabeth Drew, in her most recent "Letter from Washington" in The New Yorker, ". . . has set a new low in modern campaigning." A few weeks earlier Page One of the New York Times's Week in Review gave the cartoon expression of this glum sentiment: Michael Dukakis and George Bush, pint-size brats, sticking their tongues out at each other in infantile fury. The 1988 election is, by general agreement, the dirtiest and dumbest election in recent memory, maybe ever.

Lighten up, everybody. This election...

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