PERSONALITY: O'Brien's Last Hurrah

On the morrow of the convention, Lawrence F. O'Brien stepped down as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, ending 21 remarkable years as the steward of his party. His last hurrah was to preside with panache over the proceedings in Miami Beach last week. TIME'S Washington Bureau Chief Hugh Sidey chronicles the event through the eyes of the Democrats' pro of pros:

They brought the reports from the floor to Larry O'Brien before the convention opened. Some of them were pretty scary. Beards, longhairs, nuts out there, filling up O'Brien's beloved party seats, ready to tear his whole political life to...

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