POLITICAL NOTES: Low Grade Organism

Like the heirs of a bankrupt corporation, Democratic politicos ploughed through the books last week, trying to find out what had gone wrong. They had expected a slump. But few of them had anticipated the size of the crash. Its causes were still as tangled as discarded ticker tape.

From the snarl they could sort out some obvious facts: the failure of the P.A.C. and big-city machines; labor's refusal to buy the exclusively Democratic brand of politics, the anger of meatless housewives. To some extent, at least, Republicans had been able to make...

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