CALIFORNIA: The Fresh-Faced Elder

He will be 70 next month, has no previous political experience, raised far less money than his main rivals, could not afford television commercials, has a rambling speaking style, and sometimes seems so becalmed that he is said to wink by opening one eye. Because such conventional debits count for little in this eccentric campaign year, S.I. (for Samuel Ichiye) Hayakawa last week won the Republican Senate nomination in California.

It was no squeak-through victory against a patsy, either. Running against three serious opponents, Hayakawa achieved a comfortable eleven-point plurality over Robert...