First Strike Against the Democrats

By now the seduction is familiar. At about this time in the electoral cycle the polls invariably describe an intriguing dissonance: the President's popularity is high, but many of his policies are deplored. As it was with Ronald Reagan, so it is with George Bush.

In perceiving daylight, the Democrats forget that in politics the whole rarely equals the sum of the parts. The fact that most people are mad about something most of the time does not usually add up to a willingness for change, especially when an incumbent President is seen to have secured the nation's peace during his...

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