Campaign 2000: Next: The Forbes Bump

If it happens--and the publisher's money and crowds suggest it could--then it's good for McCain

For a long time, I've dismissed Steve Forbes as the poster boy for the candidates who don't matter. Sure, he came in second in the Iowa straw poll. But it was a 90[degree] day, when I witnessed the pull of an air-conditioned tent and short food lines on voters. Some days, money can buy you love. But I still didn't think it could buy presidential stature. Forbes, despite spending millions, is stuck with the uncomfortable person he is. In one ad in which he gazes from a movie-set White House at the real one, with emotions running the gamut from bland...

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