Nation: Demise of Hubert's D.F.L.

It was the house that Hubert built. Thus there was a certain historical tidiness when, in the first election since Humphrey's death, Minnesota's Democratic-Fanner-Labor Party came tumbling down. The coalition had produced two Vice Presidents and three presidential candidates (Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy and, briefly, Walter Mondale) and dominated top state offices for some 20 years.

But this year, without Humphrey's personal buoyancy to keep its diverse elements happy, the D.F.L. let its natural factionalism run wild and handed the G.O.P. its sweetest sweep anywhere in last week's election. Republicans seized both of Minnesota's...

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