1968 has been projected as the year in which the new politics would dispossess the old, in which the traditional deployments of blocs and bosses would be short-circuited by new-mold men and electronic eloquence. But events have bypassed such assumptions, dictating instead the politics of paradox.

Oregon is haven to the maverick and uplifter of the underdog. In last week's primary. Oregon Democrats allowed Eugene McCarthy to check Robert Kennedy's drive, while the Republicans gave new velocity to Richard Nixon's bid for the nomination. By so doing, Oregonians made it more likely than...

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