DEMOCRATS: The Bouncing Corpse

When Democratic Party leaders packed their bags and went home last week after their harmony rallies in Washington (TIME, April 25), they left behind the impression that they had laid away their troublesome loyalty problem. A special advisory committee on rules had unanimously recommended abandonment of the loyalty rule, adopted in 1952 to keep Southern Democrats in line for the party presidential slate. Advisory committee members confidently predicted that the national committee and the 1956 convention would follow their recommendation, and thereby bury the old issue. But within three days the lid of the coffin snapped open, and the...

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