Campaign 2000: The Art of the Tabloid Campaign

McCain's New York team shows Bush what loud, big-city elections are like

In the cartoonish world of New York politics, elections are seldom fair or square. They're frequently decided by explosive, ridiculous tabloid moments--sometimes by a single word uttered by one candidate and exploited by the other. In 1992 Senator Al D'Amato goaded his rival until he called D'Amato a "fascist." In 1998 it was D'Amato's turn to crack. He called his challenger, Representative Chuck Schumer, a "putzhead." Schumer is now the Senator. But in this year's New York G.O.P. presidential primary, John McCain hopes to win because of something George W. Bush didn't say.

That something, of course, is Bush's failure to...

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