National Affairs: Lincoln: Invisibly There

Their prepared texts studded with Abraham Lincoln quotations, Republican Cabinet members, Congressmen and lesser lights boarded planes out of Washington last week for a traditional political rite: the delivery across the land of some 5,000 speeches honoring the birthday (150th) of their party's father. But, to the outrage of Republican National Chairman Meade Alcorn, the Democrats stole the Lincoln Day show by laying on the biggest celebration of them all, right there in Washington. Democratic leaders in both houses set up a solemn joint session to hear the U.S. Army band play patriotic tunes, the U.S. Coast Guard cadet chorus sing...

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