The Dole campaign had all but given up on North Carolina, but Dick Armey was still there fighting for the doomed campaign of G.O.P. freshman David Funderburk. "There's no Republican I know who dares tell the truth about the Clinton Administration," he growled to several dozen of the Republican faithful who had gathered for a Funderburk fund raiser at a Durham-area country club. "If we tell the truth, we're considered meanspirited."

Not that this would bother Armey. Indeed, Newt Gingrich looks statesmanlike next to Armey. The Speaker may have kept his job and his party's majority, but he may have trouble...

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