Nation: Promises & Punches

In Atlantic City one day last week, Campaigner Lyndon Johnson gazed happily into the faces of 3,500 shouting, stomping members of the United Steelworkers Union who had just endorsed him unanimously. When the ruckus subsided, Lyndon took off on his familiar specialty: a recital of his Administration's accomplishments and of better things to come.

It started out in predictable, above-the-battle tones. Nobody ever had it so good, he said, ticking off the latest bench marks of prosperity. September was the 43rd month of economic expansion: employment stood at an impressive 70 million. He...

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