WHILE THE GETTING'S GOOD The President looks and sounds like a loser, so his Administration is in disarray: the CIA is quarreling with Justice, the State Department is accused of dirty tricks, and James Baker is missing in action. No wonder Bush aides are preparing to flee like rats from a sinking ship.

THERE COMES A MOMENT IN ALL losing campaigns when the energy evaporates. Political operatives function primarily on adrenaline, carry-out food and the hope that "two more weeks of this and I'll have an office in the White House and clean underwear." But when the President goes to the...

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