Watching a Gadfly Create a Buzz

With Ralph Nader as leader, the Green Party hopes to affect Campaign 2000

It's a pretty good bet that the Founding Fathers, in all of their deliberations in the sweltering summer of 1776, never called on the services of a "facilitator." Not so in Ballroom D of the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. There, a committee of the Green Party put the final touches on the group's platform. "If things get to be too much," said the facilitator, a young woman in a peasant skirt, "there may be times I ask for a moment of silence." As it turned out, a time-out wasn't needed. Despite a few hours of haggling over language, the document remained...

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