Democrats: Reform or Die

Following his unsuccessful bid for the presidential nomination last year, South Dakota's Senator George McGovern won praise from fellow Democrats by endorsing and campaigning for Hubert Humphrey. Since then, however, kudos has turned to condemnation, gratitude to distrust. Powerful Southern Democrats have accused McGovern of trying to "ram proportional representation" down their throats. Northern machine bosses have accused him of widening, rather than closing, the splits within Democratic ranks. Even such liberal stalwarts as Edward Kennedy and Edmund Muskie are keeping him at arm's length.

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