"The Libertarian Party has one thing going for it the Democrats do not -- two contenders for the [presidential] nomination." So wrote Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. Sad but true. Just over five months till the first presidential preference primaries, the oldest political party in the world still has just one announced candidate, former Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts.
Last month, there were some interesting announcements from Democrats. Sen. Albert Gore Jr. of Tennessee announced he would not run because of family concerns, and Robert Farmer, the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, announced he was resigning to raise money for Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, should the governor, as is now widely assumed, decide to run.
It is a sign of the Democrats' troubles that Mr. Farmer also announced that Mr. Clinton was his second choice for the nomination. (He said House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt was his first choice.) What do you suppose the Democratic slogan will be if Governor Clinton is nominated? "When you don't care enough to send the very best"? "You're not dealing with AT&T now"?