WINNERS & LOSERS: Some Soared, Some Sank


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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