ELECTIONS: Kentucky: Exit Old Bear

Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District, where Abraham Lincoln was born, last week voted Republican for the second time in its history (first time: in the 1928 Hoover sweep). It was ready to go Republican anyway. But with J. Dan Talbott as the Democratic candidate in a Congressional by-election, the Fourth gave the G.O.P. a landslide.

J. Dan Talbott is a gruff, rough political boss who has ruled the Fourth as his father-in-law (and now his enemy) Ben Johnson, 85, did before him. He stage-managed the rise of Senator Albert B. ("Happy") Chandler. Arbitrary with...

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