Politics: The Fight for the 69

Throughout the 360-mile length of Wisconsin's sprawling Seventh Congressional District, overalled farmers, aproned waitresses, white-collared clerks and blue-collared factory hands last week listened to the latest political litanies. Democrats, they heard, are soft on law-and-order, profligate with public funds, cop-outs on Viet Nam. Republicans, they were told, represent recession, militarism, the special interests of the rich. On Nov. 3, the Wisconsin Seventh will decide which set of accusations they believe.

The Seventh is a microcosm of American political concern and action in 1970. Its rich dairyland country increasingly feels the encroachments of large factories. Its economy is lagging. Taxes are...