Bill Clinton is leading Bob Dole in Canada by about 50 points. I would have mentioned that sooner--I read about it in the Washington Post a month ago--but I've had difficulty trying to figure out its significance. Columnists are supposed to offer analysis, not just raw statistics and undigested facts. Everybody knows that.

I feel particularly responsible for analysis when the statistics and facts concern Canada; I have always prided myself on staying in touch with our neighbors to the north. Not to boast, but several years ago I set the American- columnist record for consecutive columns mentioning Canada (two). If...

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