In his first six months on the job, Paul Butler, the new Democratic National Chairman, has traveled more than 30,000 miles to meet party leaders and make friends. Along the way he has suffered some minor mishaps. In Georgia, just as he was beginning to read a prepared speech, he broke his glasses; at a Mississippi dinner, a waiter spilled four glasses of milk over him, and at a California rally, a leading Democrat publicly insulted him (TIME. April 4). Last week in Texas, Democrat Butler walked, with his eyes wide open, into real trouble: he made the party split...

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