The Political Interest: Onward to the Rust Belt

Onward to the Rust Belt

They are, quite obviously, well scrubbed and well off; young white men and women in suits and dresses and polished loafers and fashionable pumps. They stand silently at scattered street corners in cities like Dallas and Orlando and now Chicago. With their small, multicolored signs -- TSONGAS -- they seem a diffident rebuke to the well-oiled effort supporting Bill Clinton. "How can they compete?" asked a Clinton worker as he drove around Chicago last week. "We've got the money and endorsements. Damn, there's another one. You don't think they're having any real effect, do you?"

Yep, they are. Before this week's...