SOCIAL SECURITY: Men Under the Moon

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The late, lion-maned Robert Marion La Follette once lectured on Hamlet at Ann Arbor, Mich. As he sonorously analyzed the Ghost Scene, across the stage behind him suddenly spooked a figure. It was not the Ghost. It was a young male embodiment in long knitted underwear. The audience guffawed. Old Bob did not see the apparition and the audience recognized it only as some University of Michigan fraternity neophyte. This year that ghost is the prime champion of human derelicts in U.S. politics, and he is recognized as Sheridan Downey, Democratic...