Will Pat Buchanan Stay Put?

If Buchanan bolts the G.O.P., it's bad news for Bush. So he's sending love signals and a warning or two

George W. Bush has every reason to hate Pat Buchanan. After all, the pundit turned candidate savaged the Texas Governor's father in '92, when Buchanan challenged President Bush for the G.O.P. nomination, labeling him "King George." And Buchanan has attacked the younger Bush on everything from free trade to abortion, referring to him as the "prince."

But Bush has put aside any resentments. He has even launched a charm offensive, telling insiders he admires Buchanan's common touch and thinks of him as the rival he would most like to go fishing with. Why make nice? Buchanan may bolt the G.O.P. to...

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