Oops, no offense meant, you hard-working Democratic presidential candidates. So says U. S. Sen. Alan Cranston of California.
Cranston, Democratic Senate whip, is part of a group of senators, along with former Democratic Party Chairman Robert S. Strauss, who meet informally from time to time and ponder the obvious in the presidential race: None of the current Democratic candidates is catching fire.
Trouble is, such a rump group carries the distinct odor of would-be kingmaking. Whenever it is discussed--and this week it occurred at a breakfast between Cranston and Los Angeles reporters--a whole new controversy breaks out.
Just how grim are Democratic prospects if candidates cannot impress even fellow politicians? Or, are the Washington power brokers trying to move in before a single vote is cast? Or, who do these people think they are, anyway?