POLITICS: Scoop Jackson: Running Hard Uphill

The scene is the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, where 1,100 people have gathered for dinner. Many of the women are dressed in long gowns. The men are in dinner jackets and patent-leather pumps. It is a merry, excited, optimistic crowd. In the center, sitting at a table on a round, raised platform is a rather penguinesque, stolid son of Norwegian immigrants, Henry Martin (Scoop) Jackson. It is difficult to conjure up a truly merry Senator Jackson, but as he smiles and nods to well-wishers, he is obviously pleased this evening,...

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