DEMOCRATS: The Second-Best Suite

Democrats descended on Albuquerque's glittering Western Skies Hotel last week like sparrows on a cherry orchard. They filled its 250 rooms with politics and smoke, looked over three of the party's four leading presidential hopefuls, and went home with very little accomplished. The occasion: a regional meeting of the Democrats of 13 Western states.

Texas' Lyndon Johnson, an early arrival, announced coyly that he was not a candidate, then flew off to Indianapolis to announce, obliquely, that he was. A concerted effort was made to add Texas and Oklahoma to the Western bloc (271 delegate votes), and thus convert Johnson...

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