Campaign 2000: Giving McCain The Boot?

As George W. Bush looks past New Hampshire, he feels awfully confident he's got the nod

When John McCain is looking for luck--taking the stage for a debate or bracing himself for Tuesday's must-win G.O.P. primary vote in New Hampshire--he likes to stuff his pockets full of talismans--the lucky compass one of his supporters gave him, the lucky pen, the lucky feather. McCain puts on his lucky shoes--L.L. Bean stompers with thick black lugs--and he's glad to see his aides wearing their lucky ties. He's as superstitious as a 10-year-old boy.

Who could blame him? Some otherworldly force must have helped McCain get this far against party favorite George W. Bush--and now McCain needs all the mojo...

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