THE TROUBLE WITH CHARACTER

BOB DOLE FINALLY PLAYS THE CHARACTER CARD, AND HERE'S WHY IT ISN'T CUTTING PRESIDENT CLINTON

Once upon a time (and it wasn't so long ago) parents fondly told their sons and daughters that they could grow up to be President. Nowadays the option is still there, but Mom and Dad would generally prefer that Ashley shoot for dental school instead. In two recent polls, one conducted for CNN and the other for Knight-Ridder Newspapers, only about a third of parents said they would steer their kids toward the White House. The parental attitude is, it's a dirty (and thankless) job and someone else should do it.

On best-seller lists, someone else is, and he's not exactly...

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