The Incredible Shrinking President

With Bush under wraps, Quayle emerges as the Administration's re-election point man

Like a once great slugger emerging from a long slump, George Bush finally pushed one over the bleachers last week. After 10 months of maneuvering to little effect on the recession, the Los Angeles riots and the Rio Earth Summit, Bush won from Boris Yeltsin a breakthrough arms-control deal and engineered the horseshoe-throwing, arm-around-Barbara scenes that remind people of his other up-close-and-personal diplomatic triumphs.

Nonetheless, it is doubtful that the first Russian-American summit did Bush much good. He is in such poor political shape that Yeltsin, world peace and a cure for the common cold might not revive him. The public's...

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