The Press: Liberal Voice

One publication that never bought Muskie is the New Democrat (circ. 4,000), a lively monthly devoted to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Editor Stephen Schlesinger, 29, admits to no clairvoyance in foreseeing Edmund Muskie's fall and the rise of George McGovern—only partisanship.* Schlesinger, the son of Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., founded the magazine in 1970 as a podium from which to preach party reform and "call attention to the dead leadership."

From its inception, it has criticized Muskie and Democratic National Committee Chairman Lawrence O'Brien as standpatters. When McGovern announced his candidacy early last year, the New Democrat hailed...

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