THE ELECTION: An Old Combination

Happy days, as Franklin Roosevelt's theme song went, were here again. And they got here again in a way that F.D.R. could well have appreciated: a Democratic candidate, partly by force of personality, partly by piecing back together the power blocs that had been shattered by Republican Dwight Eisenhower, was the U.S.'s President-elect.

Democrat Jack Kennedy won by 1) rolling up huge pluralities in the big cities of the states that counted most, and 2) by holding on to most of the restive but still Democratic South.

Big-City Trend. One by one, the...

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