The Political Interest: The New Mario Scenario

Just suppose . . .

It is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the day after the New Hampshire primary, and Bob Kerrey has come in third, behind Paul Tsongas and Bill Clinton -- or fourth behind Tom Harkin, or even fifth behind the Mario Cuomo write-in campaign. A small group of Kerrey backers, the money raisers, visit their candidate. In their minds is an old Eugene McCarthy line: "The motto of the Benedictine order is 'Keep death daily before your eyes,' which is a very good motto for politicians." We're sorry, Bob, say Kerrey's men, but you're dead. The bank is closed. We're...

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