March 17, 1988 |
The Democratic Party is a step away from gridlock. That step - a win by Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt in Michigan on March 26 - would return the race for the Democratic presidential nomination to square one. A revived Gephardt candidacy would leave the party with too many candidates - five - and not enough delegates at stake in the remaining contests to give the process any real chance of sorting itself out. With that, the possibility...
March 10, 1988 |
For the Democrats, Super Tuesday was a very strange event. The results of the 20 primaries and caucuses, which produced three distinct winners, made it all but impossible for any Democratic candidate to win the nomination outright in the primaries. The sheer arithmetic says it cannot be done. But at the same time, this huge political happening silenced any talk of late-entering candidates and other exotic solutions to the Democrats' search for the perfect nominee. "I hope these results will do away with this foolishness about a brokered convention," said former party chairman Robert S. Strauss.
February 28, 1988 |
Tom Hynes sounded a little disgusted. "Paul Simon lost in New Hampshire and Iowa by a total of 6,000 votes," the Cook County assessor said. "I could get that in half of my ward. " The way Chicago Democrats look at the world, there is something grossly unfair about the way voters in two tiny states could all but eliminate a big- state candidate like Illinois Sen. Paul Simon from the party's presidential nomination. It wasn't like that in the old days, they say, when clout and the deal were in flower.
December 25, 1987 |
Once upon a time, an increasingly popular fairy tale goes, America chose its leaders far more wisely than it does now. Every four years, practical, pragmatic men closeted themselves behind closed doors, lighted cigars so that the room might be filled with smoke, and selected an able candidate for president. There were giants of the earth in those days, the fairy tale continues - Roosevelts and Trumans. Then, a little band of zealous Jacobins wrenched the process away from those good men and delivered it into the hands of the mob, whereupon dark days befell the Republic, and pygmies walked where giants had once stood.
May 22, 1987 |
Once upon a time, the carnival came through town every year, turning Farmer Brown's cornfield into a riotous midway of dancing girls, sideshow freaks, food and drink and sights to dazzle the senses, spectacles wondrous enough to taunt the dreams of youth for years. Then the carnival stopped coming, an apparant victim of changing times. All that was left were the fading memories of old-timers, who would regale the young folks with tales of the days and nights that would come no more.