Forward Spin: Mar. 2, 1992

LEADING INDICATORS

What key issue will swing this year's presidential election? Now that the economy appears to be easing up, Republican political consultant Tom Edmonds predicts that the focus will be on character. Let's go to the tabloids.

CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS

Remember Reagan's giant convention video? Edmonds bets on an equally elaborate homage to Barry Goldwater this year. Honoring the party paterfamilias could help strengthen Bush's shaky right flank -- but look out: the feisty Arizonan also tends to say what he thinks, regardless of the script.

CAN WE TALK?

In 1988 candidates leaned so hard on political ads that voters seemed...