National Affairs: Names & Numbers

From the Canadian border to the outer tip of Staten Island, New York Democrats last week were rousing themselves for the quadrennial rite of nominating a candidate for governor. This year there was reason for some excitement: the cast of characters flashing across the preconvention screen read like a glossary of the great names in the Democratic Party.

First of all, there was U.S. Representative Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., just turned 40 and sounding more like his daddy every day. He had been campaigning for the nomination ever since 1952, had already lined...

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