THE PRESIDENCY: New Lineup, New Ball Game

In politics when something is born, something must die. That is what has happened to the Democratic Party.

An era ended last week. It was an era that began with the assassination of John Kennedy, setting back the political clock and, for eleven years, giving us rejects for President (Johnson and Nixon) and denying the middle generations—educated, aware, pragmatic—their rightful heritage. Some Democrats insist that Jimmy Carter's ascendancy represents an even greater change—that half a century of political innovation, a period that transformed America, ended in New York.

There was a melancholy reminder of the change only a month ago,...

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