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The Political Interest: THE DANGER OF DULLNESS


RICHARD NIXON USED TO SAY THAT IT DIDN'T MUCH MATTER if a politician was loved or hated so long as he commanded attention. "The worst sin in politics," he said, "is being boring." And that is exactly Bob Dole's problem. After his "must win" victory in South Carolina, Dole has made some headway toward the nomination he has lost twice before--thanks mostly to the flatness of the field around him. But if he fails again, or can't cut it against Bill Clinton next fall, the reason will be clear. It is Dole's startling inability to articulate why he wants to be...

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