POLITICAL NOTES: Unconventional Reform

In the ritual of parties-out-of-power, the Democrats are beginning to rally around the unifying idea that Richard Nixon can be beaten in 1972—a thought encouraged by the party's gains in the 1970 elections. It is hardly too early for the Democrats to begin. The party is financially strapped, disorganized and lacking any coherent special program to offer as an alternative to the Administration's.

For the moment, however, the Democrats are concentrating on party basics. Last week the Democratic National Committee gathered in Washington to adopt some of the procedural reforms that were much debated in the midst of the almost...

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