May 13, 1960
This means that we now have three active candidates in the field, and two of them can be considered to be the candidates of the professional politicians. Senator Stuart Symington
and Senator Lyndon Johnson
certainly will have the backing, as far as the present announcements indicate, of President Truman
and other powerful figures in the regular organization, while Senator Kennedy will be considered the candidate of the liberals.
From the sidelines this is an interesting political struggle to watch and, as a neutral until the convention, I watch with interest. For in going about the country I have found an underlying ground swell for Adlai Stevenson
on the part of the ordinary Democrat who hasn't much official power but who does make up the majority of the Democratic vote. It may be impossible to ignore this unofficial feeling; it seems to be a little more in evidence day by day and the professional politicians know it has to be considered.
(Copyright, 1960, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)
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