The Nation: Carey: An F.D.R. in Brooklyn

Wherever Brooklyn Congressman Hugh Carey, 55, campaigned in the New York gubernatorial race, he was pursued by strains of Happy Days Are Here Again —by a high school brass band, a black drum and bugle corps, a glockenspiel ensemble dressed up as Indians. Aside from the catchy tune and schmaltzy sentiment, the ditty had a further point: it was once Franklin Roosevelt's campaign song. After 16 years of Republican rule in the state, a Democratic candidate was finally putting back together the old Roosevelt coalition of labor, liberals and minorities. So successful was his political surgery that Carey enjoyed a...

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