The Political Interest: Why Bush Welcomes Perot

Why Bush Welcomes Perot

IN 1980, WHEN HE HELPED RONALD REAGAN SNATCH the White House from Jimmy Carter, Jim Baker summed up his view of presidential politics in two words -- "reasonable doubt." As an attorney -- and he was one of the best when he practiced law for a living -- Baker has always been charmed by courtroom analogies. "At the presidential level," he explained, "the stakes are so high, and are seen as so high by the voters, that the trick is to cause people to view your opponent as somehow 'guilty,' as being unfit for the top. Especially if you're the incumbent,...

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