CAMPAIGN '96: THE MAKING OF BUCHANAN

THE ROWDY CHILD IS THE FATHER OF THE COMBATIVE MAN, A CANDIDATE OF ANGER, PASSION AND DRAMA

THEY WERE KNOWN AS barnstormers, traveling players of deep voice and large gesture who declaimed on makeshift stages in small towns and villages in the 19th century. For one night only, they performed Hamlet's soliloquies and Tennyson's odes and transported the locals to a distant world. Last week, on a snowy New Hampshire evening, Pat Buchanan brought his one-man traveling show to the Victorian-era Opera House in the northern town of Littleton, a gemlike stage once graced by Mrs. Tom Thumb and Gorgeous George.

Just before he is to go on, Pat peeks through a narrow door in the balcony, the...

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