National Affairs: Happy Days

In the Kentucky mountain town of Hazard one day last week, an old coal miner walked up to a minor commotion on the sidewalk and stuck out his hand. "I hear you're running for governor,'' he said to the grinning, greying man in the center of the crowd. Albert Benjamin Chandler, 56, clutched the miner's hand and encircled his waist with a powerful left arm. "The rumor's out, is it?" he said. "Well, I'm trying to spread it."

Three-Year Warmup. Since February 1952, "Happy" Chandler, onetime governor of Kentucky (1935-39), Senator (1939-45) and high...

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