Magazine article The Nation

Heading off Jackson

Magazine article The Nation

Heading off Jackson

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Just when the Democrats thought it was safe to go back in the tepid waters of me-too politics, the specter of Jesse Jackson rises again to shatter their calm. Their hope that Jackson could be contained in the nightmare world of Washington has been dashed by his refusal to run for Mayor. Now it appears that he will resume his presidential campaign for 1992, and if the primaries are timed in an advantageous way, he may have his best shot yet at a place on the ticket.

"Stop Jackson" strategies are being kited in all the columns. According to the prevailing fear fantasy, Jackson would get a boost from Iowa farmers in the caucuses there, then win a plurality in an early, crowded Cafifornia primary and top it off with another landslide in the South on Super Tuesday. It would be all over by the end of March. Naturally, national" Democrats are pressuring their California colleagues not to move the primary from June to March, when it would do Jackson the most good. …

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