National Affairs: Blocking the Bloc

Of the 1,521 delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles next July, a total of 271, more than a third of the 761 needed to nominate, will come from the 13 Western states. Any candidate able to win the support of the Western states in a bloc will thus have a running start on the field, and last week California's Governor Edmund G. ("Pat") Brown made just such a bid. He failed.

The scene of Brown's effort was the Western Governors' Conference at Idaho's handsome Sun Valley Lodge. Briefed by political scouts back from neighboring statehouses, Brown hustled into...

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