Organizations: Rebels Without a Cause

For a stridently liberal organization like Americans for Democratic Action, two kinds of pleasure are possible. It could keep on losing bitter battles, and then its members could feel the pleasure of martyrdom. Or it could win—maybe even see a real A.D.A. type elected President—and savor the taste of power.

Alas, poor A.D.A. As the faithful gathered in Washington last week for the organization's 15th anniversary convention, it was plain that both kinds of pleasure have largely eluded them. They don't feel like martyrs, and they certainly don't have an A.D.A.-type President.

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