Mondale's Machine in High Gear

With Glenn stumbling, half a dozen others hope for a chance

This was supposed to be the fall when John Glenn showed he had the right stuff to be the Democratic presidential nominee. He would "define" himself both as a person and as a candidate. His organization would coalesce and transform Glenn's astronaut charisma into grass-roots support. Walter Mondale, meanwhile, was supposed to fold under pressure. His string of endorsements would prove worthless as uninspired voters looked for a candidate with more fire. As 1984 began, according to Glenn scenarists, the two men would...

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