Democrats: The Price of Fiction

For all his storied acumen as a politician, Lyndon Johnson seems incongruously inept at handling his own candidacy for reelection. Last week he waited until 17 minutes before the filing deadline to notify Massachusetts State Democratic Chairman Lester Hyman that neither he nor any stand-in would oppose Eugene McCarthy in the April 30 presidential primary. Not only is the Massachusetts party organization confused and bitter as a result, but under the terms of a new state law, Senator McCarthy is also guaranteed all Massachusetts' 72 delegate votes on the first ballot at...

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