Nation: Musical Chair

Democrats go headhunting

The dust has hardly settled over the rubble of the Democratic Party after its election collapse, but leading members are already jostling to rebuild — and control — the organization. Skirmishing has centered on the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, the logical position of power from which to direct a Democratic renaissance. Admits Chairman John C. White, 56, who was elected in 1978: "This is the only bone in the yard."

White insists he has enough votes in the 363-member national committee to win re-election next February, but the Carter loyalist is hedging about whether he really wants...

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