Democrats: Nowhere to Go But Up

Although Hubert Humphrey was the Democrats' nominee for President, the last-minute surge of popularity that won him only 499,704 fewer votes than Richard Nixon last November was no credit to his divided, dispirited party. For four years, the Democratic organization had been neglected by Lyndon Johnson; the potent coalition assembled by Franklin Roosevelt was crumbling. The young were ignoring the party, and the Old South had deserted it. The big-city Democratic machines were frayed from the stresses of racial tension and urban decay. In fact, the most vocal critics of Democratic...

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