Bani-Sadr said no, but the voters in Wisconsin said yes.Judging from the flurry of pre-primary diplomatic activity, that may have been the outcome that Jimmy Carter was after.
The president pasted Ted Kennedy in Wisconsin and pushed Jerry Brown over his existential edge. Brown goes back to California to lick his wounds and think about 1984, Kennedy looks to Pennsylvania for a last gasp, and Carter will try to keep turning international dipsy-doodle into primary power.
Meanwhile, the leader of the so-called new wave among Republican candidates appears to be the Gipper, not John B. Anderson. Exit polls showed Reagan picking up about as many Democratic crossover votes as Anderson was.
Anderson ran third behind Reagan and George Bush in Wisconsin, a state he had to win. Today will be a day of reassessment among his loyalist GOP staff and the media trendies pushing him toward an independent candidacy.
So far, Reagan has won about 2 million votes in Republican contests to Bush's 1.1 million and Anderson's 1 million.
Kansas held a primary yesterday also, but it got buried under a foot of snow and the long shadow of Wisconsin. Reagan and Carter won easily there.
The campaign now takes a long break, although Louisiana will hold a primary Saturday night. The next big match is Pennsylvania on April 22.
The delegate count, according to United Press International, now stands this way:
Carter 848, Kennedy 445 1/2, with 1,666 needed for the nomination.
Reagan 395, Bush 75, Anderson 56, with 998 needed for the nomination.