A Rocking-Chair Campaign

Let's make the candidates prove themselves at home

Ever since Super Tuesday, Al Gore and George W. Bush have been comparatively quiescent. We know, however, that this is a fool's paradise. We are enjoying, so to speak, the summer of 1939, an eerie calm before the inevitable hideousness begins.

I have conducted an informal poll: no one wants this campaign to happen.

No decent person looked forward to World War II either. But I believe the campaign need not occur, at least not in the way we dread.

In the 19th century, many presidential candidates thought it unseemly to do actual campaigning for the office. Thus Ulysses S....

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