February 13, 1995 |
Republicans are salivating and Democrats are shuddering at the prospect of a 1996 ballot brawl over affirmative action. It probably would generate a high voter turnout among white men, who tend to support GOP candidates. But cool heads are working behind the scenes to stave off the fight. In the end, partisan politics may well drive this racially divisive issue onto the November ballot, giving Republicans a hot issue and chasing Democrats for cover, including President Clinton.