DEMOCRATS: Incantations

The magic number of this year's Democratic national convention is 770—the two-thirds majority of delegates required to nominate for the Presidency. Last week political incantations began to fill the air, the primary elections began. It was the real start of the 1932 campaign and on the full-jawed face of New York's ambitious Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a set smile of wizardly confidence. He already had 22 of those 770 delegates.*

Alfred Emanuel Smith, though he had said he was no active candidate, waved his four-year-old Brown Derby vigorously at his...

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