The Jackson Problem

If the Democrats deflate him, blacks just might wave goodbye

"A hustler from Chicago," said George Bush of Jesse Jackson during the campaign. A man not "morally fit to lead the nation," suggested Jackson of Bush.

But there they were last week, exchanging soul shakes. "I represent the loyal opposition," said Jackson. "There will be times when I ask for his suggestions," said Bush. "He has a lot of very good ideas."

Bush also met with Michael Dukakis last week, but the tone was different. Paying a loser's traditional courtesy call, Dukakis was clearly the past. Jackson offered himself as the future, and by treating him almost as an equal, Bush...

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