After Bob Dole upset George Bush in the 1988 Iowa caucuses, the Vice President's troops contrived a desperation strategy to provoke Dole to anger. "Make him blow, revive his 'hatchet man' image, make him seem too meanspirited to be President," recalls a top Bush aide who is now advising Dole. "That was the goal, and it worked." Every whiff of scandal, every scurrilous charge, every distortion of the Senator's record was lobbed at Dole with fury. The cumulative effect was decisive. After Bush won the New Hampshire primary, Dole angrily told Bush to "stop lying about my record" and was instantly...

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