It's like one of those games in a children's magazine, where you have to draw a line from the name in column A that goes with the picture of the animal in column B. Except that the names belong to foundations and political action committees that claim to be in the business of public enlightenment and the animals are politicians who may -- they won't tell you for sure, but their speaking schedules in New Hampshire and Iowa give you a hint -- be running for president.
So in column A you find the Fund for an American Renaissance (but, alas, no Fund for an American Reformation) and the Fund for America's Future. Which is the foundation from which Jack Kemp has just resigned as chairman, after his opponent in this year's congressional race challenged its tax exemption? And which is the PAC that George Bush heads and that was allowed by the Federal Election Commission to pour money into Michigan's precinct delegate elections on the preposterous theory that they have nothing to do with the presidential race? Those of you who could tell which twin had the Toni may know. The rest of us, like historians a century hence, will have to look it up each time.
Also in column A are American Horizons, the Freedom Council and the Center for a New Democracy. Quick now, which belongs to -- er, is associated with -- Pat Robertson, Gary Hart and Bruce Babbitt? Which one published "Trade Strength Begins at Home: An Action Agenda to Solve America's Trade Crisis"? Which one "encouraged" some 4,900 evangelicals to file as Republican precinct delegates in Michigan after getting tax-exempt status by undertaking not to back political candidates?
Don't get the idea that these examples exhaust the possibilities for column A. Any politician with an inclination to run for president can form his own PAC or foundation just by scrambling the words "American," "Fund," "Center," "Democracy" and "Council" and connecting them with a few handy prepositions. A while back candidates wrote books with interchangeable titles: ''To Seek a Newer World," "To Heal a Nation" and (from two senators from the same state) "The Limits of Power" and "The Accountability of Power." Now the trend is toward interchangeably named foundations and PACs -- which may get less attention but bring in more money -- and neither the IRS nor the FEC seems disposed to ruin the empty-worded, hifalutin, not to say politically misleading, fun.