Campaign '04: The G.O.P. Strategy: Counterattack: Remember Dukakis!

There are no time-outs in presidential politics. Soon after the primaries yield a consensus Democratic nominee, the Bush-Cheney campaign and the Republicans will begin an air war, Republican sources tell TIME--instantly spending a good part of the $99 million the party will have in the bank to define that Democrat before most of the country can pick him out of a lineup.

And if that Democrat is John Kerry, how would Republicans come after him? Although he has spent nearly two decades in the Senate, it's his two years as Lieutenant Governor under Michael Dukakis in the 1980s that will...

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