CAMPAIGN '96: BATTLING THE PARTY CRASHERS

IT'S NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE G.O.P. IS SPLIT WIDE OPEN BY TWO OUTSIDERS, AND THE PARTY ELDERS PLOT A COUNTERSTRIKE

IT MUST HAVE BEEN A creepy feeling for the high-flying Steve Forbes, as he scorched across the primary terrain, handling his political machinery so deftly that he looked as if he'd been doing this all his life, to find himself in radar lock from Stealth fighters launched by his own party to bring him down. This time it wasn't just the attack ads on TV or the sight of "neutral" Newt Gingrich describing a central element of the Forbes flat-tax plan as "nonsense." Forbes saw something more sinister at work, which made him mad enough to improvise in mid-script. "The dinosaurs,"...

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