Ten years ago political pundits seriously doubted whether the Democratic
Party could ever be revived. The Madison Square Garden convention
("Twenty-four votes for Underwood") was only a prelude to the
disaster that overtook Nominee John William Davis in the 1924 election.
The Party's very makeup seemed to preclude the possibility of a
comeback. In the South it was the party of the established order. In
the North and West it was the party of a few political idealists and of
strong but disreputable city machines built around the Irish Catholic