Fritz Hits One Out of the Park

In New York, he scores with the old coalition

Despite his broken nose, Walter Mondale does not seem like much of a brawler. He wears gray business suits, his father was a Methodist minister, and his favorite sport is fishing. As a politician, he has displayed caution, even a certain softness.

But in the six weeks since Mondale lost the New Hampshire primary, he has jabbed and taunted Gary Hart. Last week he gave Hart a lesson in oldfashioned, gut-cutting New York politics. Mondale won the biggest primary so far, by a whopping 45%...

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