John V. Lindsay: A Political Portrait
EARLY THIS past November, in what was once a farmhouse in the northeast end of Manhattan Island, a tall, attractive native New Yorker in his late forties, John Vliet Lindsay, celebrated his re-election as 103rd Mayor of the City of New York. The victory, accomplished with only slightly more than 40 per cent of the votes cast, had been hard won. Lindsay had started as an underdog; his final triumph must have been the occasion for intense personal satisfaction. Yet one cannot escape the feeling that as the days passed after the election, the victorious candidate must from time to time have wondered what he had to celebrate about. He was, inescapably it seemed, still Mayor of New York. While many of the incidental pleasures were delightful, and the sense of immediate power most gratifying, they carried with them the sense of their own impermanence; meanwhile, nothing had happened to make the job of mayor less difficult, less troubled by conflict, less beset by recrimination.
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