The Oh Hell! Primary

One way to chart the changing fortunes of presidential candidates is to note their shifting relations with the press. Back in December, an easy-breezy Howard Dean whiled away hours with his press corps, playing (and routinely losing at) Oh Hell!, a card game he taught them. But by January, as his press contingent swelled to more than 50, his schedule grew tight, and the cards were packed away. Now, with his campaign flagging, Dean is once more cozying up to the media. He's dealing out the cards again and holding so many press conferences that reporters occasionally run out of questions....

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