National Affairs: A Novel Invitation

Many campaign-hardened Illinois Democrats wagged their heads sadly four years ago when Adlai Ewing Stevenson was picked by their leaders as the party's candidate for governor. A socialite lawyer with a quiet conversational manner, Stevenson was an amateur in practical politics, and he seemed to have no promise as a colorful campaigner. Furthermore, he had been away from the state for nearly seven years on Federal Government jobs. Although five generations of Stevensons had lived in Illinois, he was sure to be labeled a striped-pants product of Washington. But he soon soothed the professionals' fears. He got folksy with the voters,...

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