Campaign 2000: Waiting To Catch The Primary Wave

If they were actors, which isn't an entirely mind-bending stretch, you could say George W. Bush has come to California to audition for a role as a moderate and John McCain is here to prove he can be a convincing conservative. And if there is any doubt about what's at stake on March 7, McCain flack Dan Schnur can clear it up in one sentence: "The winner of the California primary is going to be the Republican nominee for President."

This reality had not yet dawned on what locals call the Southland last week. Trolling Orange and Riverside counties one day,...

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