Unconventional Politics

And Now...Reform Party Headache No. 383

There had been some apprehension last week that ROSS PEROT would throw his hat into the ring of Reform Party presidential politics, thus turning an already turbulent situation hopelessly chaotic. Once upon a time--well, in 1992--the party Perot founded had earned a phenomenal 19% of the presidential vote. In 1996, it still managed to win 8.5%. Lately, however, there have been problems. The party's star performer, Governor JESSE VENTURA of Minnesota, bolted earlier this year. The strange alliance between PATRICK BUCHANAN, from the right, and Lenora Fulani, from the left, has collapsed. So there was some relief when Perot decided he...

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