The Political Interest: Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

This was not the "Four more years" crowd. These were defectors -- eight prominent Republican activists who had never strayed before but were about to now. They had attended G.O.P.conventions in the past; but as George Bush accepted their party's nomination in Houston, they were 1,400 miles from the action, watching on television. They chuckled at the laugh lines but mostly grimaced. They were all business, and they were taking notes. In 12 hours, they would publicly endorse Bill Clinton, and they said they were eager for fodder -- or even, as several mused, "for something that might turn" them "from...

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