NEW YORK: The Petrified Forest

New York, as any visitor can see, is the showplace of change, the city that always sports the latest and shiniest in automobiles, literary movements and ballpoint pens, where perfectly good buildings are torn down every year to make way for newer and better ones. Only its politics have stopped moving. Politically, New York is a kind of petrified forest, where reform candidates roam in solidly institutionalized groups, and the stumps of once-great political growths clutter the landscape.

Last week the forest was a busy place, as party leaders and professed independents...

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