Presidential campaigns -- ever looking for the fastest and most efficient way to send information -- rely increasingly on telecommunications. Perhaps some should stick with the mail.

Democratic candidate Jesse L. Jackson's campaign headquarters in Chicago intended to telefax a three-page " 'in process' document/think-piece" and a three-page research paper on the "Notch Baby Issue" to its Iowa headquarters, but through some telecommunications magic, both ended up being telefaxed to the The Washington Post's political coverage staff.

We learn:"Health. No one but Jesse Jackson calls for national health care. {Sen. Paul} Simon's stuff goes in the right direction but it isn't bold: it tinkers at the margins and won't really deal with the issue of providing adequate health care for all Americans.""Notch babies are people born between 1917 and 1921 who are covered by Social Security. They claim that they are receiving less in benefits than people born before them. Their claim is accurate . . . . The Notch issue is worth many votes in Iowa and elsewhere. More importantly, they have a high level of organization which would greatly boost our caucus effort . . . . "

A very chagrined Frank Clemente, Jackson's issues coordinator, when told of the incident, could only respond, "I can't believe it." He said the error had to be due to "a malfunction of the machine and not the staff." How could he be so sure? "I'm the one who sent the material," Clemente replied.