Primaries: New Politics and Old

Successful political Candidates usually ascribe their victories to the wisdom of the voters. But not the Rev. Robert Drinan, the Jesuit who last week upset Congressman Philip Philbin, a 14-term House veteran, in the Massachusetts Democratic primary. "It was a miracle," said Drinan, who is on leave from his deanship at Boston College Law School. It was, however, something a lot more mundane that made Drinan almost a sure bet to become the first Catholic cleric in 145 years to go to Congress.

An outspoken dove, Drinan blended new technology and causes with the old techniques of ward politics. Fifty...

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