Nation: Madison Square Garden of Briars

The Democrats' show of unity left something to be desired

THE HAPPENING. Long on tradition but short on memory, every convention takes on a life all its own as it distills the passions and personalities that animate a national political party.

Caught in television's klieg lights, these happenings at their best—and worst—illuminate the mood of America.

The green-bannered forces of Jimmy Carter flexed more muscle and organized brilliantly to prevail in New York City's Madison Square Garden. But the blue standards of Edward Kennedy waved in defiance, then blazed...

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