National Affairs: Tiger Skin

"Fine Republican weather," announced New York County's Republican Chairman Kenneth Simpson to a group of reporters at a Manhattan polling place at 5 o'clock one morning last week. Taking another sniff, he added: "Victory is in the air."

"Ideal Democratic weather," pronounced Tammany Hall's ruddy old Leader Christopher D. Sullivan at another polling place an hour-and-a-quarter later. "Touch of frost and a slight overcast."

What made these auguries even more empty than usual last week was the plain fact that neither had a bona fide candidate for Mayor of New York. No one knew...

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