Democrats: Where the Gold Is

Smiling, relaxed and seemingly confident, Ohio's Democratic Senator Stephen Young flew into Columbus for a pleasant formality—endorsement for re-election by his party's state convention. Young, 74, visited a few longtime friends, got a good night's sleep, and next day delivered a convention keynote speech larded with catch phrases about "the united Democratic Party of Ohio." Without even waiting for the convention vote, he returned to Washington.

What happened after that in Columbus did not leave Ohio's Democratic Party very united. In a convention floor brawl, supporters of Astronaut John Glenn Jr., who had announced only three days before as a Democratic...

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