The Nation: Democrats: Trying for Party Reform

NO hired bands and conscripted paraders will erupt in "spontaneous" demonstrations. The total time for nominating and seconding speeches for a candidate will be limited to an austere 15 minutes. Favorite sons will be discouraged. When the Democratic Party meets in Miami Beach next July to anoint its presidential choice, some of the more garish rituals of American political folklore will be missing. So, too, the party's reformers hope, will be the spectacle of bosses brokering power in cigar-clouded hotel suites amid a certain heady cynicism about how the game is played. No...

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