Front And Center

Clinton surges into the lead with a flawless performance as a petulant Perot bows out and the President goes fishing

It was like a Republican Convention. Everything worked. The words were good. The television was good. The propaganda, especially, was good -- in fact astonishingly good for a party forced to accept a wrenching philosophical tug off its traditional moorings. The also-rans, assigned supporting roles, performed as if they were claiming the prize, with only the habitually cranky Brown proffering a (predictable) sour note.

The Democrats did it, and they were rewarded. The bounce was theirs, the biggest in 50 years. But the Candidate has been a front runner before, and he fully expects to be playing catch-up again. So he...

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