Contributors: Nov. 11, 1996

MARGARET CARLSON, who writes the political column "Public Eye," left her regular post this week to take a longer view of the 1996 presidential campaign. "It was time to step back and think about what lessons we can draw," she says. A veteran political analyst who came to TIME from the New Republic, Carlson is a familiar face to many TV viewers--she can be seen Saturday nights on cnn's Capital Gang--and she shares the public's general disenchantment with this race. "It's been a dispiriting campaign," she says. "We've learned that education is good and drugs are bad, and not much else....

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