Oregon: A Hard-to-Forsake Habit

Mark Odom Hatfield is a lay preacher of the fundamentalist Baptist Church, a teetotaling former university dean (Willamette) who gave up smoking because he did not want to lead his students into temptation. Hatfield has since adopted a habit that is a lot harder to forsake: running for public office. At 43, he has won five consecutive contests for assorted posts as a Republican in normally Democratic Oregon, is just finishing off his second four-year term as Governor. Since he was barred by Oregon's constitution from seeking a third successive term, Hatfield...