Tradition With A Twist

It looked like a First Lady-like journey to promote historic preservation, but Hillary gave it an edge

The last time Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a cross-country bus caravan--during her disastrous 1994 effort to transform health care--she met catcalls at every stop. An airplane overhead towed a banner: BEWARE THE PHONY EXPRESS. In Seattle, protesters mobbed her limousine. "I had not seen faces like that since the segregation battles of the '60s," she later said. "They had such hatred."

Last week Hillary hit the road again, and the view from her bus window could hardly have been more different. In picturesque villages and grimy towns along the way, tens of thousands braved hours of midsummer heat just to...

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