Why Can't Jesse Be Nominated?

His race, his ideology and his character all play a part

For a moment on Tuesday night it seemed as if the asterisk next to Jesse Jackson's name had been dabbed with Wite-Out. His win was impressive: a plurality of the Democratic popular vote. But as the evening wore on, commentators and candidates began talking about a two-man Democratic race, as if Jackson were the pace horse of the piece, running to show, not to win. Even the newly anointed third runner, Al Gore, referred to a race between himself and Dukakis, oblivious to the fact that if it were a two-man race, he would be out of it. When Jackson corrected...

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