NEW PARTY BOSSES

CLASS OF '96 WHO REALLY CONTROLS POLITICS? MEET THE POWER BROKERS WHO WILL HELP DECIDE THIS YEAR'S CONTEST

Haley Barbour was worried, and he sounded the alarm. The chairman of the Republican Party knew that organized labor was about to launch the most audacious, best-financed attack his party had ever endured. So two Fridays ago, he brought together a dozen of his party's most powerful leaders. The meeting, in a glass-lined conference room in Republican headquarters on Capitol Hill, included top people from the Christian right, the pro-life movement, Big Business and small business. Barbour told the group that he thought the AFL-CIO's campaign on behalf of the Democrats would be worth far more than the $35 million the...

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