POLITICAL NOTES: On to the Midwest

Orbiting around the U.S. last week, his targets marked, his re-entry problem possibly solved, was Massachusetts' rumple-haired Democratic Senator John Kennedy. Purpose of the trip: rousing party talks with Democrats far and wide. Ultimate destination (according to the easily decoded Kennedy beeps): the White House.

He swooped one morning into the state of Kansas, for 20 years solemnly synonymous with Republicanism but now living with a Democrat in the statehouse. On hand to lead the cheers was Governor George Docking, a banker by trade. From the Kansas party regulars, energized like a cluster of flaming first-stage rockets, came cheers, ovations,...

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