CAMPAIGN '96: OPEN CONVENTION?

THE RULES ARE SUPPOSED TO FAVOR BOB DOLE. BUT IT COULD GET CHAOTIC

PRIMARY RACES, ESPECIALLY the early ones, look so earnest and earthy it is easy to mistake them for truly democratic exercises. When Pat Buchanan walked away with New Hampshire last week, he took pleasure in arguing that The People had found their voice, jostled the conventional wisdom, spooked the party elders and voted their hearts.

That helps explain why a lot of Republicans decided long ago that too much democracy is a dangerous thing when it comes to nominating a President. In the next four weeks the game of presidential politics turns very serious, very unforgiving and very unpopulist. It's affirmative...

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