Commentary: As The Reform Party Implodes, Who Wins?

The surest proof of the decline of the Reform Party wasn't its Feb. 12 national committee slugfest in Nashville. Nor was it Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's bitter departure a day earlier. Instead, it can be found in the attitudes of ordinary folk like Paul Biery, a 65-year-old Vietnam vet from Columbia, S.C. "I voted for [Ross] Perot twice. I loved his craziness," the retired U.S. Army officer says. But now, Biery has a new populist champion--Republican John McCain. "Reform Party people will definitely vote for McCain," predicts Biery, as he catches a McCain event at Columbia's Beth Shalom synagogue.

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