No Donkeys in This Horse Race

As Bush savors the gulf victory and lengthens his odds for 1992, the Democrats shy away from the starting gate

The only thing more embarrassing to the Democrats than the spectacle of seven dwarfs scrambling for the presidential nomination 20 months before the election is the absence of any candidates at all. At this point in the run-up to the 1988 voting, a bomb blast in Des Moines' Savery Hotel would have wiped out much of the Democratic field of candidates and most of the political press corps. Now Iowans just sit and watch the hogs fatten.

If few Democrats seemed eager to run before Jan. 15, the gulf war has done little to whet anyone's appetite. Running against an incumbent...

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