WINNERS & LOSERS: Some Soared, Some Sank

WINNERS & LOSERS

As inflatable as balloons—and as easily punctured—political reputations tend to rise dramatically, sink or even collapse at national conventions. Some who rose and some who fell last week:

JOHN CONNALLY, 59, was the most apparent loser. Usually a spellbinder, he hurried through a strangely flat address to an underwhelmed convention. His peroration was so gloomy that he sounded like a Texas Spengler: "How long this civilization, this free society of America will exist, I do not know."

He was scrubbed from vice-presidential consideration in the late rounds, and many moderate...

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