Prudential Reassurance

People are constantly reassuring me that one presidential candidate or the other is not the sort of person I might think he is. Not only that: I find myself craving this reassurance. When George W. Bush assumed a slim lead over Al Gore, for instance, I felt the need to make another call to a friend I refer to as the Republican Reassurer--someone who spent a lot of his spring reassuring people that George W. Bush is not a dimwit.

Yes, I also have a friend I call the Democratic Reassurer--the person who used to tell me how delightful Gore is...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!