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Whither the Repubs?

Lamar Alexander. Saxby Chambliss. Lindsey Graham. What do they have in common? Well, they're all members of the Republican Senate sanity caucus (except for...

Campaign 2008: How Big Money Picks a Winner

Former Senator Howard Baker once called Republican fund raiser Ted Welch "the No. 1 political fund raiser in all history." In late December, Welch signed up as...

CAMPAIGN '96: THE SEARCH FOR ALEXANDER

DOG PEOPLE TEND TO PICK straightforward names for their pets, as with Gus, the slobbery Labrador who has been barking at former presidential candidate Phil Gramm...

TENNESSEE WALTZ

LAMAR ALEXANDER HAD JUST CONCLUDED a six-city campaign swing through Iowa last Wednesday and was reworking the speech he was to deliver the next morning in...

CAMPAIGN '96: WHERE'S THE BEEF?

HE SAYS BOB DOLE HAS GOT "NO ideas." And Pat Buchanan has got the "wrong" ones. But walking the path of hubris that led Gary Hart off a cliff in 1988, Lamar...

CAMPAIGN '96: INSIDE THE RACE: THE SECRET TEST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

ONE OF THE STRANGE, SCARRING THINGS about the New Hampshire primary is its curious way of looking less like the beginning of the presidential race than the end...

THE MONEY CHASE

It's a good thing the tennessee State Highway Patrol doesn't issue citations for high-speed pursuit of matching funds. By the time Lamar Alexander wheeled his...

George Bush's Point Man

Author Alex Haley and his friend Lamar Alexander booked passage together in 1988 on a cargo ship from California to Australia, aiming to write books away from...

ROSS PEROT: HE'S BACK (PART TWO)

The suitors began paying court months ago. When H. Ross Perot stopped by Hilton Head, South Carolina, last year, his "phone pal" Lamar Alexander, the former...

PRIMARY FIXATION

YOU COULD ARGUE THAT AS A WAY TO BRIGHTEN UP A LONG GRAY WINTER, Joan Collins' suit against Random House was the literary equivalent of the Forbes campaign in...

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

CONGRESS IS BACK IN SESSION NOW, AND Newt Gingrich--remember him?--is chewing over numbers. For Gingrich the House Speaker, there are all the usual budget totals...

Lamar Alexander: Who's In Charge Here?

Lamar Alexander is used to cleaning up big messes. When he walked into the Tennessee statehouse in 1979, his first chore was to sweep up after the...

DUCKING THE QUESTION

Deep inside each consensus-building, big-tent Republican running for President lies the awful knowledge that one false step into the swamp of abortion politics...

Early Birds on Parade

Three years ago, prominent Democrats like Mario Cuomo, Richard Gephardt and Bill Bradley practically blanched any time they were mentioned as potential...

Lamar Alexander: Tough Choice

-- Horace Mann, 1848 How noble the dream, how ignoble the modern reality. Mann's crowning achievement was the 19th century American common school, a place where...

A Revolution Hoping for a Miracle

George Bush may be the savior of Kuwait, but in 1992 the voters will want to know what he is doing to save America. One early promise was to be "the education...