Nation: The Hoosier Plank

Governor Roger Branigin is running for one of the least consequential positions in American politics—his state's

favorite-son candidate for President—and his platform has but a single, sturdy plank: Indiana for Indianians.

"Hell, yes," he declares. "I'm serious. I want to make Indiana more effective. We have not been as effective a force in national politics as 63 convention votes and a 5,000,000 population should dictate." To increase Indiana's political heft, Branigin means to control those 63 votes during the first ballot in Chicago, and to do that he must beat Robert Kennedy and...

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