THE FRESHMEN GO NATIVE

DESPITE THEIR REFORMIST ZEAL, THE G.O.P. HARD-LINERS ARE CUTTING DEALS AND BRINGING HOME THE PORK

FOR BOB DOLE AND BILL CLINTON, THERE is political virtue in not signing a budget deal any time soon. Dole can drag a 1,754-page document along the campaign trail and call it the balanced budget that Clinton would not sign. And with a veto, Clinton can cast himself as the statesman who saved old folks and children from Republican punishment. But for the 73 G.O.P. House freshmen who stormed the Capitol with promises never to compromise--well, compromise is beginning to feel virtuous.

The newcomers began last week vowing to hold fast to their demands for abolishing the Commerce Department and choking...

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