WHEN Hubert Humphrey took to his bed in Washington with a 101° fever, Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty was unsympathetic enough to suggest that the Vice President had contracted a diplomatic malady. The reason for his sudden indisposition, suggested Yorty, was the threat—which indeed materialized—of massive anti-war demonstrations in Los Angeles, where he had been scheduled to address a Democratic Party rally.

Humphrey's grippe was genuine, but so was the quandary that the mayor was hinting at. Like Richard Nixon, Humphrey is almost certain to win his party's nomination next month; yet rank-and-file reaction...

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