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& Mi igBally
Eighty-Six Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Ml 48104

Carter victories: Just peanuts

Friday, March 19, 1976

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Dems: Carter or confusion

THE ILLINOIS presidential primary
has again singled out Jimmy
Carter, the once obscure Georgian
governor, as leader of the Democratic
Carter's successful delegate c a m -
paign, in a state dominated by ma-
chine politics, means that he could
score as well in other northern in-
dustrial states and win a first ballot
nomination at the convention.
But the power of the old guard is
still a thing to be reckoned with, as
Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley de-
monstrated. The 'Boss' still raked in
a controlling number of Illinois dele-
It's a well known fact that Carter
is not Daley's or other such old guard
members' first choice for the nomi-

4 ND WHEN the forces finally do
clash at the convention, almost
anything might happen. Carter has
indicated that he might settle for the
number two spot on the ticket rather
than return to his peanut farm in
Georgia as a private citizen. Old
pros like Daley are muttering about
Humphrey or Jackson. The Demo-
cratic committee chairman, is desper-
ately putting together a political bar-
gaining team to help resolve the ex-
pected chaos.
But unless Morris Udall of Ari-
zona, can pull a win in Wisconsin,
the liberal wing of the party may
have less influence than George Wal-
lace over the outcome of the conven-
It will simply be a confrontation
between the new, and old guard mod-
erates - Carter versus the likes of
Humphrey or Jackson, - and what
kind of choice is that?

THE BOYS on the Bus have
digested the Illinois pri-
mary andsconcluded that Jim-
my Carter, the most famous
peanut farmer since George
Washington Carver, is now the
front-runner for the Democratic
The basis for that almost un-
animous conclusion comes from
Carter's string of primary vic-
tories in such diverse states as
N. Hampshire, Florida, Illinois.
But it's time to blow up the bus
those journalists are riding on
and explode the myth of Car-
ter's invincibility through p r i-
These primary wins are less
convincing, viewed separately,
than they are as an aggregate.
For in every primary Carter has
taken, some major candidate or
bloc of candidates has been mis-
sing, and in Massachuse'ts, the
only race where the entire De-
mocratic pack was entered, Car-
ter finished a distant fourth.
IN N. Hampshire, for example,
what Carter demonstrated was
that he could corner the ;noder-
ate-conservative vote while the
rest of the state split its votes
among the liberals,^Udall, Bayh,
Shriver, and Harris.
In Florida, there were no lib-
erals in the race. Only Car-
ter. Jackson, and Wallace were
really rining, and even there,
Carter eked out only a narrow
win. Had there been a slabstan-
tial liberal field, George WAace
and Scoop Jackson might not
have lost many votes, bit it's
argueable whether Carter would
have triumnhed.
The results from Illinois, too,
are more illusory than genuine.
Tn truth, Jimm Carter heat the
alternative, the stand-in slate for
RWhard Daley.
The imvortant race was Mas-
sachuisetts, where all the an-
nonmced candidates ran, and the
voters had a fair chance to con-
Oider the entire spectrum of
their views. There, Carter ran
a weak fourth, finishing behind
Jackson, Udall, and Wallace.
But those who chronicle Carter
as a champion have convenient-
ls downplayed the Masachusetts

candidate. That's not a fashion-
able thing to say. Progressives
are supposed to admire the ma-
chinery of the electoral tystem,
and abide faithfully by the re-
suits, as revealed by that mono-
lithic bearer of virtue, the peo-
But presupposing that the peo-
ple's will, at best a slippery
quantity, truly demonstrated by
that maze of beauty contests we
call the primary system, is as
dangerously naive as believing
that the model of perfect corn-
netitiontaught in Econ 201 close
lv apnroximates the workings of
the U.S. economy.
Still, what is the alternative?
Zacking the notion of a brokered
convention smacks of an appeal
to return of the party's power
to the hands of those doddering
white males who control the na-
tion's urban machines. The
Democrats may have becane
trapped by their own Franken-
stein; in the name of partici-
patory democracy they may
well nominate a candidate with-
out even proving that he's the
favorite of the party.
Ste phen Selbst, former Cit y
Editor of The Daily, is now an
LSA senior.

Ford's cockiness may hurt

SO WHAT have the C a r t e r
wins demonstrated? They have
shown that Carter does appeal
to the voters. The man must be
given his due. He's a good cam-
paigner; he manages to portray
an image of slickness and hon-
esty simultaneously, all the
while waffling like Aunt Jemima
in her prime.
But he is not yet the consensus
candidates he has been made
out to be. The Carter primary
victories should be taken to
mean that under given sets of
circumstances, Carter can win
elections. Whether he can win
while running against a wide
field has yet to be proven.
But Carter's victories h a v e
put the other candidates in a
tough spot. Carter is planning to
run in all the primaries, and
now he can afford to do so. He
is gathering momentum, which
means money and volunteers,
and he's getting enough expo-
sure to guarantee that he won't
be embarrased anywhere he

THE OTHER candidates don't
enjoy the same luxuries. They
can only afford to run in states
where they have a reasonable
chance of doing well, because
most of their campaigns are
about as solvent as New York
So the other candidates in the
race face a tightening noose. If
they spreadthemselves too
thin, they risk diluting their
meager resources in an attempt
to build a wave of popularity.
But if they aim for a single
stunning blow, they risk not be-
ing well enough known to over-
come the leads mounted by oth-
er candidates.
Carter could keep on winning
shadow races where he isn't
contested by all the other candi-
dates right up until the conven-
tion. The result could be the
fulfillment of all those prophe-
cies: Carter could be the s'and-
ard-bearer. But that doesn't ne-
cessarily mean he is the Demo-
crat's first choice.

'{. .v, .The Lighter Side
How we drove the
CIA out of the cold
m."".. : -.. :' .".." Dick W est -s

sion is that the primaries may
not be the best available me-
thod of determining the best

THE ILLINOIS Republican primary
turned out to be quite a wash-
out for Ronald Reagan, and t h e
former California governor will have
to revamp his campaign style in the
next few weeks if he entertains any
notion of someday occupying the
house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Conceding his native state to Presi-
dent Gerald Ford long before the first
votes were even tallied certainly
backfired for Reagan. His frequent
announcements threw a pall over his
state campaign headquarters outside
of Chicago and did little to inspire
his campaign workers to put forth
the best possible effort.
In contrast, the Ford camp in Chi-
cago lapped it all up and enthusiasti-
cally peddled the incumbent f r o m
Grand Rapids.
Cockily predicting at times up to
70 per cent of the vote, Ford's or-
ganization capitalized on Reagan's
insistence of loss and sporadic a t -
tacks on the president to build a
large, successful campaign.
Despite Reagan's weak position now,
Ford has displayed a large dose of
overconfidence and it might be worth
his while to cool his expectations.
Ford telephoned his victory party
Tuesday night and beamed to his
supporters, "It's on to North Carolina,
then Wisconsin and then on to Kan-
sas City (the site of the Republican
Nominating Convention)."
The President omitted mention of
such primaries as New York and Cal-
ifornia. Lest Ford forget what the
people of fiscally troubled New York
City think about him after his non-
handling of that city's problems?
And, of course, Reagan should have
an advantage over Ford in California.
and the Southern and Southwestern
primary states.
Ford might be strong now, but he's
far from a shoo-in. November 2 is a
long time away.

Law for the c'itizen

harsh glare of publicity in
which the CIA has been bathed
these recent weeks had its first
glimmering three years ago.
Before 1973, the CIA courted
anonymity with such passion it
wouldn't even publicly admit
the existence of its mammoth
headquarters complex in near-
by Langley, Va.
The CIA exit off the George
Washington Parkway was then
marked by a sign that read
"Fairbanks Highway Research
Station." But during his brief
stint as CIA director, James R.
Schlesinger ordered a road sign
that identified the agency by
That, I believe, was the flick
of the Bic that lit the torch of
SCHLESINGER apparently
figured that since the CIA's
location was marked on various
road maps, anyone looking for
the headquarters could find the
right exit anyhow.
But, as anyone who has done
much driving is aware, road
maps and highway exit signs
have little if any relation to
each other. Indeed, highway
exit signs bear little if any
relation to anything.

Anyway, contrary to what
Schlesinger apparently con-
cluded, I am convinced that a
lot of people were fooled by the
Fairbanks Highway Research
Station sign at the CIA exit.
LET'S SAY THAT two foreign
agents were assigned to take
photographs of the CIA build-
They buy a road map, rent a
car and drive out the parkway
toward Langley.
"Okay," says the agent in the
passenger seat who is holding
the map in his lap. "According
to the map, the next exit ought
to be it."
"Couldn't be," says the
driver peering at the sign up
ahead. "According to that sign,
the next turnoff is the
Fairbanks Highway Research
Station exit."
frantically running his finger
over the map. "You must be
mistaken," he cries. "There
isn't any Fairbanks Highway
Research Station marked on..."
By this time, of course, they
have already passed the exit.
And by the time they reach the
next exit, turn around and get
back to Langley, it is too dark
to take pictures.


Editorial Staff



JEFF RISTINE . Managing Editor
TIM SCHICK .Executive Editor
STEPHEN HERSH ............ Editorial Director
CHERYL PILATE .............. Magazine Editor
STAFF WRITERS: Susan Ades, Tom Allen, Glen
NEWS: Glen Allerhand, Dana Bau-
mann, Stewart McConnell, Mike
Nolan, Tim Schick, Karen Schulk-
ins, Bill Turque, Don Whiting.
EDITORIAL PAGE: Marc Basson, Mi-
chael Beckman, Steve Hersh, Jon
Pansius, Tom Stevens.
ARTS PAGE: Chris Kochmanski.

MANY U-M law students with
experience in politically
progressive movements f in d
their participation in law school
troubling. They understand that
law school "tracks" students in-
to corporate and large firm
practices, practices that serve
the interests of wealth and, pri-
vilege instead of the need of the
poor and the ideals of justice.
The law is inherently conserva-
tive and protective of the class
in power, and its effective use
has traditionally been denied to
all but a relatively few Ameri-
cans. A conference has been
planned to explore how and whe-
ther the law can be used as an
effective tool for social justice.
This article was prepared by
members of Section E, a grout
of first year University l a w
students who are interested in
making the legal system "more
responsive to the needs of the
The second annual Conference
on Alternative Practices in the
Law will take place next Satur-
day, March 20, at the University
Law School. Over 50 speakers
from around the country will
present fourteen workshops on a
variety of radical and political
legal practices.
Conference hope to expose the
Ann Arbor community to legal
practices which encourage soc-
ial change and serve the inter-
ests of those who have tradi-
tionally been denied legal serv-
ices - the poor, middle-iacome

people, and political dissidents.
People attending the Conference
will be introduced to lawyers
who are using their legal skills
in non-corporate practices, who
are acting from a standpoint of
political or moral commitment.
Many of the participants in the
workshops live in the Detroit-
Ann Arbor region, but the 50
speakers include a number of
radical leaders from throughout
the Eastern and Midwestern

who is active in the suits arising
from the murders of Black Pan-
thers in Cbicago in 19/2.
The Tenant Law forum will
include Paul Tecth from the
Ann Arbor Tenants' Union, Jon
Rose, director of the Campus
Legal Aid Society (called "that
crook" by landlords' counsei),
mission on Urban Housing and
and Tom Carey from the Com-
Law in Detroit.
THE PRISON workshop w iI11

'The organizers of the Conference hope to
expose the Ann Arbor community to legal prac-
tices which encourage social change and serve
the interests of those who have traditionally
been denied legalservices-- the poor, middle-
income people, and political dissidents.
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Letters to the Daily

United States.
liver the keynote address in Rm.
100 of Hutchins Hall at 1:30 p.m.
Mr. Lefcourt, the author of
numerous articles on alherna-
tive forms of legal practice, has
been active in radical causes for
many years. He worked at the
New York City Legal Aid So-
ciety, belonged to one of the
first legal collectives, The Law
Commune, and has defended nu-
merous political activists, in-
cluding Mark Rudd, Abbie Hoff-
man, and the Panther 21.
The Criminal Law forum will
include Pamela Horowitz of
Montgomery, Ala., a member of
the JoAnn Little defense team,
and Jeff Haas from Chicago,

include Dnfroit attocney J u d y
Magid, who spurred recent re-
forms at DeHoCo and Jackson
Prison, and Edward Tru lau, a
former Jackson State Prisor fr.-
mate whose research as a jail-
house lawyer ultimately result-
ed in his -etaase from prison and
a private war with Okrland Co-
unty prose :; nr Brooks Patter-
Other wo:kshops will present
discussions cf prac/.ices chat dd-
dress specific issues such as con-
sumer pro'c'ion, public mfltCr-
est law, mental heuPih law, en-
vironmen'al law and lahar lw;
and practices wh'ch dife- in
lifestyle, .uch as le'gal collect-
ives, publicly funded practices,
women's )racties. and private

To The Daily:
March 2, 1976 therea
a news article by Da
finkel concerning Colle
vins' appearance bef
Council on Monday ni
leen is opposed to cer
ployers interviewingc
pus. I suppose that's b
but she is also oppose
presence of police on
and her right to that
is indefensible I belie'
In the calendar yea
there were the folloN
ported crimes agains
M. students, staff or

police And Ms. Chauvin's solution to
these serious problems would be
to keep police off campus. I
Tuesday, would like to hear her defend
appeared her position to a rape victim,
vid . Gar- or armed robbery victim.
en Chau- In my humble opinion (which
ore City is really not very humble) what
ght. Col- this campus needs is more po-
tam em- lice, preferably our own U. of
on cam- M. police.
her right
.d to the I live next door to Officer
campus Wise and I don't think he even
t opinion knows how to work a camera
ve. but he is a good police officer
r of 1975 and so is Rick Cornell, and a
wing re- lot of students who have been
t U. of aided by these two officers
visitors. would support my sentiment.
Finally, in my usual cynical
manner, let me add that peo-
ings ple shouting "cops off campus"
are more likely perpetrators
rather than victims of crimes.
David M. Foulke
Manager of Security
er Service, Housing Office
March 2, 1976

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