One could almost hear shouts of "Hallelujah!"

The Democratic National Convention last week resembled nothing so much as a revivalist camp meeting, slickly managed, free of controversy and filled with love and compassion. More than 5,000 delegates and alternates milled around the crowded floor of New York's Madison Square Garden in a festive and forgiving mood. They even cheered Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the memory of President Lyndon Johnson, both of whom not long ago were reviled symbols of the party's crippling dissensions in 1968 and...

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