Campaign Portrait, Jesse Jackson: Respect and respectability

Respect and respectability Jackson tones down his style

The only repeat runner among the Democratic candidates, Jesse Jackson is pushing hard to broaden his appeal beyond black America. This is one of a series of occasional profiles of major 1988 contenders.

Something positively weird is going on with the political career of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The angry outsider, the superheated maverick who used to beat up on the Democratic Party just four years ago, no longer seems angry. His shrillness has almost vanished. Sometimes he is even in danger of being bland.

Instead of threatening to bolt the party, he embraces it. At a gathering of Democrats in...