TEXAS: Over Lyndon's Shoulder

As Texas Democrats poured into Dallas for their state convention last week, the party's voice of moderation, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, was riding high. Behind him was a decisive victory over Governor Allan Shivers in the fight for control of the party machinery; ahead, the horizons were Texas-broad. A trum-pet-and-trombone-led parade fanfared his election as both a favorite-son presidential candidate and chairman of the state's 56-man delegation to the national convention.

For a while it looked as if Johnson's ability to carry water on both shoulders might win him every honor...