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The Reform Party can become the Political Voice of the Web

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CompuServe : TIME News Center 6:59 PM ET    TIME Daily: November 6, 1996

Something To Build On
  DALLAS: In racking up nearly eight million votes for candidates Ross Perot
and Pat Choate, the Reform Party made a significant breakthrough in Tuesday's
election, becoming the first third party in modern American politics to
qualify for significant federal matching funds [ which , of course have only
existed in modern American politics |BA ] , even if Perot is not the
candidate (and don't be surprised if he is)
 [ He will be | 66 + 4 |>| 70 |BA ] . True, Perot was more successful
in 1992, but without the backing of an organized party, Perot alone qualified
for matching funds in this election cycle. With conscientious efforts at
party-building in the next four years, the Reform Party could become a
perpetual thorn in the side of the Republicans and Democrats, even without
competitive candidates for national office. Much could be learned from Pat
Robertson, who turned the mailing list generated by his failed 1988
presidential bid into the powerful Christian Coalition. What's next? A slate
of credible Reform House and Senate candidates in 1998 would build a more
effective party machine and dispel the cult-of-personality image as Perot's
captive audience. If major party candidates find themselves courting the
centrist Reform vote in 2000 and beyond, the new party can have a significant
impact on policy without winning a single election; witness the political
energy dedicated to deficit reduction since Perot appeared on national
television with his charts and graphs in 1992.  -- Scot Woods
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