Behavior: So, Your Old Man's a Fraud . . .

As the victorious candidate is sworn in, his wife dutifully holds the Bible, her gaze uplifted adoringly, and his children, sparkling with intelligence and good health, sit obediently nearby. Or do they? In the midst of this year's no-holds-barred campaign season, families of candidates high and low are beginning to change the old rules by candidly airing their grievances and trying to break out of cardboard caricatures. "They're still reticent," notes Stuart Hart, a psychologist at Purdue University. "But they're also standing up and saying, 'Hey, wait a minute, I've got needs too.' "

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