National Affairs: Nominations by the Clock

Since everyone in Massachusetts knew that blue-blooded Senator Leverett Saltonstall and Governor Christian Herter would be endorsed for reelection, Republicans meticulously printed a timetable ("10 a.m. come to order, 10:50 a.m. nominate Herter . . .") for their pre-primary convention. Last week, as the convention met at Worcester, both Saltonstall and Herter were nominated only minutes behind schedule, and the convention fell behind the clock badly only once because of a squabble over a nomination' for state treasurer.

Such Republican precision contrasted sharply with the hectic Democratic convention at Worcester the week before....

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