Nation: One Team, One Theme

With the economy in high gear, a sweeping civil rights bill in the bag, and an incumbent in the White House, Democrats should have been able to assemble their 1964 platform for this week's convention with a paste pot. As it emerged, the platform was a bit sticky, glued together with boasts about Democratic accomplishments and pleasing promises of more pleasantries to come. But before the promises were put to paper, the Johnson Administration, with sledgehammer subtlety, pounded away at platform hearings with predictably partisan testimony from all the big tools in the...

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