FOLLOW--OR MOVE OVER

GINGRICH GAINS SWAY OVER DOLE, BUT IS IT THE WHITE HOUSE HE REALLY WANTS?

POLITICS ABHORS A VACUUM, AND Newt Gingrich last week was feeling its tug. Even before Senate majority leader Bob Dole's uninspired performance during Wednesday's televised forum in New Hampshire for G.O.P. presidential candidates, Gingrich had phoned key Republicans around the country and wondered aloud whether he should launch his own bid for the White House. Already on the previous Saturday, over dinner at the Connecticut home of Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Gingrich had fretted about Dole and launched into a detailed analysis of his own presidential chances.

Gingrich is clashing with two different Bob Doles. The Speaker can't control Dole the...

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