The Silliest Race of the Season

Oliver North was set to appear in a Halloween parade with some local police in Vienna, Virginia, last week when he got word that followers of Lyndon LaRouche, dean of the American political fringe and Virginia resident, might ambush him along the way with a salvo of rotten fruit. "What do we do?" North asked an adviser, Mark Goodin. "Be sure and duck," Goodin replied.

The fruit attack never came, but in his bid to unseat Charles Robb as the state's junior U.S. Senator, the retired Marine colonel and damp-eyed star of the Iran-contra hearings has been doing a lot of...

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