National Affairs: The Man Who Waited

All through the primaries and preliminaries, Lyndon Johnson had acted for all the world like a man who hoped to get his name mentioned on television as one of the half a dozen or so favorite-son candidates at the Democratic Convention. He stuck to his Senate knitting, went back to Texas to loll under the sun on his LBJ Ranch at Stonewall, Texas, made little if any effort to round up delegates outside the 56 pledged to him from his home state. But last week—on the very day that Harry Truman threw the convention...

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