Nation: Democrats: Defensive Politics

ALONG with all their other woes, the Democrats are suffering from a bad case of me-tooism. Accused of being too permissive toward radicals and, virtually, of advocating violence, many liberal Democrats have not until recently bothered to deny such charges. Polls and other soundings have persuaded them that they must indeed respond, thus putting them in the impossible position of having to outdo Agnew & Co. on law-and-order.

In Chicago, Senator Edmund Muskie called for safety in the streets as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the party heavy since the tumultuous 1968 convention, beamed...

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