Democrats: Off & Running

The man on the taped television program spoke haltingly, his face haggard, a toupee over the shaved spot on the right side of his head. "This," he told his California constituents, "is Clair Engle speaking from Washington, D.C. After consultation with my doctors I am happy to announce that I am a candidate for reelection. The medical men have given me the green light and I am off and running."

Ordinarily, this announcement would have been cause for celebration among California Democrats. For liberal Democratic Senator Clair Engle, 52, is immensely popular,...

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