National Affairs: Thunder of His Feet

The Rev. William H. Alexander bounced springily around Oklahoma last week. His mellow voice swung low to squeeze a tear, lifted lightly to pick off a laugh, soared high with holy indignation. "In this crusade," cried Bill Alexander, as background music from a choir swelled behind him, "I see the magnificent march of the living God and I hear the thunder of His feet." He meant that he was running for the Senate against the Democrats' quiet, able Congressman Mike Monroney.

Democrats watched Alexander's skillful showmanship in exasperated frustration. Big (6 ft. 3 in.), handsome, and young (35), Bill Alexander already commanded...

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