New York: Pleasing to Few

If there is any possible way for a Democrat to lose an election in overwhelmingly Democratic New York City, then bumbling Mayor Robert Wagner, 51, is just the fellow to find it. Last week, announcing his decision to run for a third term, Wagner got off to a predictably stumbling start.

Wagner's announcement came after three months of hemming and hawing about his own candidacy and his choice of running mates. The mayor had been under heavy pressure from dissident camps about his ticket. Democratic reformers led by Eleanor Roosevelt and Herbert Lehman...

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