NEW YORK -- You would expect Democrats convening here to be delighted by reports of trouble in the Ross Perot campaign. Not necessarily.
The concern among party professionals is that Mr. Perot will go into a slide before Bill Clinton has given voters who can't swallow President Bush enough reason to switch to him as a way of expressing their dismay. The real horror story in Democratic eyes is speculation here that Mr. Perot may abandon his campaign altogether. This has been fueled by reports of the Texas billionaire's reaction to the criticism he received after referring to blacks as "you people" in a speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Mr. Perot telephoned Cable News Network anchorman Bernard Shaw to express his dismay at the way he had been understood. And in lengthy conversations with several CNN officials, he described the flap over the NAACP speech as "the last straw."