POLITICS: St. George Prepares to Face the Dragon

The fecundity of the unexpected far exceeds the statesman's prudence.

—Proudhon

WITH a cool, shrewd assurance that astounded and dismayed longtime professionals in their party, the neophyte legioris of George McGovern polished off a political miracle in the cramped but controlled atmosphere of Miami Beach's convention hall. The outsiders had barged through the gates of reform to lift the "prairie populist" from national obscurity to the Democratic Party's nomination for President in 18 amazing months. Exuberant only in the early morning hours of their champion's victorious entrance into the hall, they promptly...

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