POLITICS: The Coming Battle

The Republican Convention in Chicago next week will doubtless seem quiet, plodding and highly predictable in comparison with last week's Democratic show in Los Angeles. But lurking beneath the calm will be a worrisome awareness that the G.O.P.'s ticket will have to face tough and formidable Democratic opposition.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his crew proved at Los Angeles that they are a political team worthy of respect. Despite Lyndon Johnson's belated drive, despite the boisterous demonstrations for Adlai Stevenson, the efficient, machinelike Kennedy team had the nomination won before the first gavel bang. Heralding the advent of a new...

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