All political campaigns are different, but 1960 is clearly going to be more so. Both presidential candidates sat confined in the Senate chambers last week, eager to be somewhere else, and they were getting away whenever they could from a congressional rump session increasingly vituperative and unproductive. August is usually the quiet month when the candidates organize the fall's storms. But already the campaign was taking shape, and an unexpected one.

The Wavering South. The biggest surprise was the South. Barely two weeks ago, Lyndon Johnson cockily asked politicos and pundits in...

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