DEMOCRATS: Look Back in Anger

Humiliated by one of the worst presidential election defeats in U.S. history but somewhat consoled by its surprisingly strong showing in state and local elections, the Democratic Party remained in a state of confusion bordering on schizophrenia. Looking back in anger rather than ahead with hope, many of the party's factional leaders did what seems to come so naturally to them: they quarreled.

George McGovern surveyed the wreckage of his presidential campaign from the poolside of the Virgin Islands retreat of one of his most generous financial backers, Henry Kimelman. The Senator's...

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