DISSIDENTS: The Wallace Factor

The Wallace delegates were bug-eyed. There on the podium at the convention was a certified member of Gay Liberation nonchalantly addressing the party while a small claque cheered him on. "Goddam," said Jess Lanier, mayor of Bessemer, Ala., though the gay plank did not pass. "Goddam. If that's what they're going to talk about, we're never going to get this party together again. They haven't got a dog's chance of electing a President on this platform. Damn, do they need Wallace!"

Which is just what Wallace is counting on. No one can predict what the rambunctious Governor, even confined to a...