Republican Convention: The Grudge Match

At the G.O.P. Convention, 2000 seems like 1992. That's because Bush is asking voters, Did you get it right back then?

Everybody had a short list for Al Gore's running mate last week. Gore himself walked the beaches of Figure Eight Island, N.C., mulling his options and making up his mind. But 400 miles away in Philadelphia, George W. Bush made the decision for him. He picked Bill Clinton. "Our current President embodied the potential of a generation," the Republican nominee said Thursday night in his convention speech. "So many talents. So much charm. Such great skill...So much promise...Instead of seizing this moment, the Clinton-Gore Administration has squandered it...And now they come asking for another chance."

After losing twice to Clinton-Gore, the...

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