THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Delegates from Big Brother

The Presidency

In pigment and chromosome, the 1980 Democratic Convention was nearly perfect. Television directors were ecstatic as they ordered their crews to zoom in on the U.S. profile spread across Madison Square Garden, from pink cheeks with a hint of baby fat to wrinkles and wattles, from deepest ebony to lily white, female and male.

The Democratic National Committee proudly documented the diversity of the spectacle. Their figures showed that 15% of the 3,381 delegates were black, 49% were women and 11% were under 30. That was probably as finely polished a...

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