Democrats: Signs of Life

Ravaged by internal bickering, defeatism and campaign debts of $8.3 million, the Democratic Party these days has a moribund air. Last week, nonetheless, there were signs of life.

Edmund Muskie, after months of apparent soul-searching, came out galloping toward the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. The junior Senator from Maine delivered a hard, partisan denunciation of Republican Viet Nam policy, pooh-poohed Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority," and accused the press of softening its criticism and analysis of the war. Considering his normally deliberative, restrained manner, Muskie emerged as a pugnacious contender. He accused the Administration of falsely lulling the populace: Viet Nam has...