Nation: LURCHING OFF TO A SHAKY START

IN Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon, the U.S. has two presidential candidates of proven competence, extraordinary experience in affairs of state and irreproachable private lives. Though neither has the particular panache or grace that commends one to a style-conscious age, each is nonetheless a man of some substance who, at least on paper, seems well qualified for the nation's highest office. Yet both have lurched off on their campaigns with so uncertain and uninspiring a beginning that the electorate may justly wonder whether either can...