Nation: Plank Problems

The Democratic fight ahead

The document was thick and windy, roughly 40,000 words of predictably partisan rhetoric. There was a perfunctory apology: "After four years in office, we Democrats have not solved all America's problems." But as it emerged from a 158-member committee in Washington, the Democratic platform for the 1980 presidential election blamed most of the country's problems on Jimmy Carter's predecessors: "Eight years of Republican politics [that] left this nation weak, rudderless and divided." The Republicans were handily accused of causing inflation, unemployment, continued dependence on foreign oil and even the...

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