Nation: A Modicum of Cheer

With nowhere to go but up, the Democrats last week felt some faint tugs of levitation. Thanks to more efficient organization, Humphrey enjoyed bigger and better crowds than in his first round of stumping. There were some signs that the party was pulling itself together. Most important, the candidate spared himself the headline-grabbing blunders of his previous week's outing.

While still gabbing far too much—on a television program, he took 14 minutes to answer a single question—Humphrey was beginning to talk more sense.

He continued to hammer on the need for immediate ratification of...