National Affairs: Taking This Country to Hell

After Stevenson's announcement came the long-planned Democratic powwow, sponsored by the national committee. Everybody was optimistic and harmonious, especially at the $100-a-plate dinner. But two mild family quarrels were noted: ¶ Facing an old and troublesome problem, he national committee worked out a face-saving compromise on the party's "loyalty oath." The meaningless new rule assumes that state Democratic organizations will place the nominees of the national convention on the state ballot under the Democratic symbol; it eliminates the old provision requiring a pledge by individual delegates. But not long after the compromise was approved, former National Chairman Stephen Mitchell, a chief...

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