So this is how it feels to be the front runner. This is what it was like for Ronald Reagan in 1980, when Bob Dole was so far back in the pack that he barely rated mention. This is what it was like for George Bush in 1988, when Dole's disaster-prone campaign amounted to little more than a speed bump on Bush's path to the White House.

It has taken Dole two decades of trying to get to this position. Long before the fanfare of the first primary, Dole is already drawing sizable crowds in New Hampshire, the burial ground of...

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