Democrats: The Distant Horizon

As the G.O.P. readied itself for Jan. 20, Democratic leaders still eyed one another warily and scanned the distant horizon. There was an appearance of cohesion: Hubert Humphrey had led the Democrats to a defeat but not to a debacle. Most encouraging was that in Senator Edward Kennedy the party saw a shining champion who had not been bloodied at all in the conflict—one, moreover, who offered the hope of future victory.

Last week, for the first time since Robert's death, Ted Kennedy moved out of the seclusion of his Massachusetts and Washington bailiwicks....

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