Nation: Is the Kennedy Quake Coming?

Signals from the Senator

Political seismographs throughout the U.S. have long been tuned to record any tremor signaling the quake that would rock the presidential campaign of 1980: the entrance of Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy into the race. Last week the Kennedy-watch instruments detected rumblings that made a party-rending announcement seem ever more likely, if not imminent.

The most notable sign was a frontpage report in the New York Times, immediately picked up by wire services and printed throughout the nation, that the Senator had talked during the congressional recess with his mother Rose, 89, and his estranged wife Joan, and that...

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