CAMPAIGN '96: IS FORBES FOR REAL?

IT'S NOT JUST THE TV COMMERCIALS, OR THE FLAT TAX MESSAGE. VOTERS ARE ACTUALLY DRAWN TO THE MESSENGER HIMSELF

FOR STUDENTS OF IRONY and pity, the presidential race last week offered its most piercing lessons yet. There was Bob Dole, the Dust Bowl, small-town boy who would still have the use of his right arm if the war had ended three weeks earlier, finding his fate in the pink, uncallused hands of a millionaire preppie publisher who grew up in a house with a name and claims to have honed his survival skills at summer camp.

After a long year of gritting his teeth and strumming the pro-life, family-values chords that are supposed to win Republican primaries, Dole now has...

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