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AMERICAN MYTHS

H. Ross Perot

LAST FALL, WHEN IT WAS widely reported that nearly two-thirds of the nation’s eligible voters were dissatisfied with all the announced presidential contenders, candidate None-of-the Above began to morph from neo-Nazi David Duke to paleoconservative Pat Buchanan to crypto-Republican Paul Tsongas to inside-out-meister Jerry Brown to wind up in the unlikely form of billionaire supersalesman H. Ross Perot.

Stung by a flurry of Republican attacks, frozen out by the media’s capricious boredom, the thin-skinned Texan withdrew from the race before he declared his candidacy. The last straw, one suspects, was the firestorm that greeted his ill-fated NAACP speech—Perot must have felt he’d been attacked for just being his downhome self. Quite a change from the heady days of spring; back then, with the Democratic and Republican nominations boringly decided, the media could not get enough of him. Even

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