The Democrats in 1968 Selected as their place to congregate Chicago, which has always had big shoulders And safely Democratic officeholders. The passing of the years has hardly blurred The wrenching sounds that all who listened heard: Great tumult on the floor, and in the lulls The thwacking of cops' billy clubs on skulls. Obscenities were shouted by the mayor; A sniff of tear gas drifted through the air. But now the smell of victory is strong, So all the warring factions get along With factions that they loved then to disparage: They're bound up in a peaceful, loveless marriage. The...

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