Essay: The Character Issue: Enough Already

The day before the presidential balloting at the 1960 Democratic Convention, the sentimental favorite, Adlai Stevenson, came to the floor for the first time as an Illinois delegate. Just the sight of Stevenson's bald pate -- that perfect egghead symbol -- triggered a raucous demonstration and chants of "We Want Adlai," and the reluctant candidate was invited to address the convention. Stevenson fought his way through the bedlam for twelve minutes before he finally reached the rostrum. "I know whom you are going to nominate," Stevenson told the cheering delegates. "It will be the last survivor."

That remark can serve as...

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