Nation: Enigma in the South

The office door in Montgomery says only: WALLACE CAMPAIGN. Campaign for what? George Wallace leaves no doubt. Whether in New Hampshire or under the kindlier shadow of Jefferson Davis' statue in his home state capital, Alabama's de facto Governor is convinced that his all-but-declared thirdparty presidential candidacy can decisively affect the outcome of the '68 election.

It could indeed—if not exactly in the way that the ex-boxer from Barbour County anticipates. As a self-declared Populist, Wallace has a slick, simplistic charisma. He appeals to Southerners—and some Northerners as well—who are anti-L.B.J., anti-Big Government,...

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