Democrats: Of Heart and Spleen

Vindictiveness is not one of Hubert Humphrey's vices. Loquacity certainly is. During his first lecture as a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, the former Vice President got on the subject of Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley. Looking back at his presidential campaign, Humphrey commented that the riots during the Chicago convention were a "tragedy" and "I was a victim." Among numerous other reflections, he observed that Mayor Daley "didn't exactly break his heart for me."

Reacting last week with an extraordinary public display of spleen, Daley spluttered that Humphrey had not been his personal choice for President. His preference, he...

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