DURST: Whither the Reform Party?

Whither the Reform Party? Or should the question be: is the Reform Party withering? Now that Warren Beatty and Cybill Shepherd and all the other cameo contenders with the collective weight of glitter have dropped out, its pretty much down to the two heavyweights: Donald Trump and Patrick Buchanan. The Donald versus The Brownshirt. Actually, Buchanan says his is not a "love affair with Adolph Hitler" as characterized by Trump, and he's right. It's more like one of those constant non conjugal flirtations you have with somebody else's wife. Only in this case the somebody else is David Duke. Trump vows to spend $100 million to get the Reform Party Nomination, while Buchanan vows to send his sister to every state if he has to. The two do have things in common. Both are opposed to the World Trade Organization; both think special interests wield too much control and both are about as electable as Marilyn Manson after he gets that one breast attached to his torso. You know Jesse Ventura has to be loving this. The bigger the fight for the Party Nomination in August, the less people will stereotype it as the personal property of Ross Perot. These guys are just the raspberry sorbet cleaning the Reform Party palate in anticipation of a feathered boa being thrown in the ring in the year 2004. Will Durst hopes these guys have Debates and Jesse is the referee.

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