THE NEW AGE OF ANXIETY

THE REAL ISSUE THIS YEAR IS WHICH CANDIDATE HAS THE CHARACTER TO HELP US DEAL WITH

BY THIS TIME, A PRESIDENTIAL RACE needs a working metaphor, a compass for the voters to steer by. In 1988 we got "competence vs. ideology," which meant "Whom do you want behind the desk when the phone rings and the Soviet empire collapses?" Then in 1992 we got "change vs. the status quo," which meant "Isn't it time to host a revolution of our own?" But now, as Bob Dole cinches his party's nomination to do battle with Bill Clinton, we find that the race is between two middlemen with rather similar ideas about what government should do, both committed to...

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