Essay: Back to the Future

After a respite of barely a year, with the banality of the refrain still ringing in the ear, "the politics of the future" is back. When Gary Hart announced a fortnight ago that he would retire from the Senate (to run, he all but admitted, for the presidency in 1988), he couldn't lay off the word. In a four-page statement, he reached for it eight times. In 1984 he had "pointed our party toward the future." For '88, he pledges "to help move our party and our country into the future." Why? Because even now "we are drifting backward into the...

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