Nation: Illinois' Adlai Stevenson

THERE is a portentous difference between Adlai Ewing ("Bear") Stevenson III and his famous father who affectionately gave him the animal nickname: the father, to many, had the look of a winner but lost, while the son often appears to plod through campaigns and wins.

There is also a startling contrast between what commentators say about the campaign style of Illinois' Senator-elect and the way voters respond to it. One sympathetic writer described Stevenson's speechmaking as "almost embarrassingly dull." A Chicago political editor called it dead. Personal and political intimates, recalling the father's grace, spontaneity and wit, find a range of positive...

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