Disappointed by Dole's address, some G.O.P. leaders began concocting other scenarios for winning the White House. TIME's Jeffrey H. Birnbaum spins out a few:

1 THE POWELL POSSIBILITY. The General was so mobbed at a Republican gala last week that he couldn't touch his beef tenderloin. If Dole is weakened by Forbes in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Powell-for-Vice-President movement is sure to escalate. But TIME has learned that the Christian right is preparing to promote a Dole-Gramm ticket instead. If there's a brokered convention, Powell could even be drafted for the top spot. But that's unlikely (the last such convention...

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