AMERICA'S MOOD SWING

A NEW KIND OF POLL SHOW SOME VOTERS ARE TURNING BACK TO THE DEMOCRATS AND SOURING ON THE G.O.P. REVOLUTION

AS HE DEPARTED LAST WEEK FROM A PRESIdential race he had never quite entered, Colin Powell was careful not to rule out a career in politics somewhere down the line. "The future is the future,'' he said. Well, it used to be. By the very fact of Powell's absence, the future is suddenly looking a lot like the past. Dole vs. Clinton, the '96 matchup that seemed inevitable until Powell made it seem otherwise, is back again in its familiar guise as Most Likely Scenario. It's a whole old ball game.

Or is it? For the moment, most of the Americans...

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