Nation: Lindsay: A Political Fantasy

"It 'was not an easy decision," John Lindsay told a press conference in the late summer of 1970. "Some of my best friends are Republicans. But the nation's cities have troubles to which the Republican Party has not been sufficiently responsive. I have therefore decided to join the Democratic Party in order to carry the message of the cities more effectively."

THE scene is not that difficult to imagine. For all of his political life, Lindsay has been afflicted by the delusion that he is a Republican. But the label grows more threadbare by...

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