Perot and His Presidents

He portrays himself as an outsider, but in the Washington game of money and muscle he is actually the consummate inside player

ROSS PEROT BASES HIS CRUSADE for the presidency on being an outsider, a political ingenue who wouldn't know a Gucci-shoed lobbyist if he tripped over one. This reformer would have the public believe he has nothing in common with the fools in Washington. He supports a ban on "these guys with their alligator shoes," who swarm over the halls of Congress trying to open loopholes large enough to drive their leased Jaguars through.

The problem is that Perot is one of these guys, albeit in wingtips with a military shine. He has backslapped and arm-twisted with the best of them, winning...

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