The Nation: The Democrats' Texas Middleman

Joking, cajoling, bullying, mediating, Party Chairman Robert S. Strauss, 56, was clearly the impresario at Kansas City, a Texas-style wheeler-dealer of the old school who knew how to get things together. At times, he would lick the tips of his fingers, like a quarterback getting ready to throw a touchdown pass. Strauss liked the role and the praise, and he exulted unashamedly in the power that he wielded as the man who, more than any other, was holding the disparate Democrats together.

"I ought to be doing well, as hard as I'm working," Strauss...

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