National Affairs: Muted Thunder

As it must whenever and wherever Democrats gather, the civil-rights issue hung heavily over Chicago last week. But although the thunder rumbled and dark clouds gathered along the horizon, the lightning did no serious damage, at least none up to convention's eve. In the week before the Democratic National Convention began, there were simply too many lightning rods around to divert it.

Tall among them, in spite of a blunder that early in the week threatened to bring high-voltage bolts crashing down around him, was Adlai Stevenson. In a curbstone television interview, Stevenson nearly...

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