New Hampshire

Bush Makes It Personal The President counters a rightist challenge with a stream of surrogates -- and federal dollars -- as the Democrats jostle for position

George Bush could have dispatched just about any political operative to New Hampshire to file his papers for the state's Feb. 18 primary. But the President chose his wife Barbara, whose shining silver hair and trademark pearls garnished a series of photo opportunities. The First Lady exuded her characteristic warmth and motherly concern as she assured local TV viewers: "Nobody suffers more than George about the economy."

Why would a sitting President, assured of the Republican nomination, add such a personal touch to this formality? Ask Pat Buchanan, the polemicist turned candidate, whose aggressive effort to shift the G.O.P. rightward threatens...