Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on November 3, 1963 · Page 13
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 13

Rochester, New York
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Sunday, November 3, 1963
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64 Political Winds ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AMD CHRONICLE Sunday, Nov. 3, 1963 13A White Backlash' Seen on Civil Right Waldert: Recommended by your Eye Physician for 51 Years By JACK W. GERMOND Gannett News Service WASHINGTON Al. though the presidential election is still a year away, the so-called "white backlash" on civil rights is emerging as a major imponderable in the 1964 campaign. Almost to a man, knowledgeable politicians in both parties here contend that reaction to what some consider "favoritism" of Negroes will be an important "silent" issue. So far this concern has been largely based on seat-of-the-pants, intuitive testing of the political winds by experienced professionals rather than on any specific information. "It's like the religious Issue in I960." one congressman said. "Nobody really knows how many people voted for or against Kennedy because he was a Catholic, and nobody really knows how many are going to vote on the basis of civil rights this time." This is the reason both parties will be watching Philadelphia's mayoral election this week with far more interest than it usually attracts. Although many factors are involved, racial pressures and the response to them of Mayor James H. J. Tate have become the central issue. T HIS PRESS conference last week, the President was asked about Philadelphia and whether he ex pected a backlash from i whits voters "against the ' Democrats because of their ' pushing of civil rights?" "Well, I think it is possi- -Me," he replied. "We will have to wait and see though. As I said from the beginning, it seems to me both parties have taken a clear position historically and at present on civil rights. But there may be. We will have to wait and see Tuesday, and I am sure that a good many things will be written into that (the election outcome)." Ordinarilv, Democrat Tate would be considered a shoo-in. His predecessor, Richardson Dilworth, car- i ried the city by 210.000 votes in 1959, and President Kennedy by 331,000 in I960. ! But Tate's conciliatory attitude toward militant Negro groups has made him a target for charges of "knuckling under" to Ne groes and giving them preferential treatment. He re mains a clear favorite to win. but perhaps by as few t as 50.000 votes. ; This would be taken in both parties as a sign that there is more resentment than meets the eye to the social changes that are tak- 5 ing place so rapidly in northern cities as well as in ' the South. THERE IS CERTAINLY no m y st e r y about Southern white reaction. A reporter can spend a week in Georgia without hearing i the Kennedy name except POLITICAL ADVEBTISEMENI at the end of a string of expletives. Orange and black "Goldwater in '64" stickers are everywhere. And in Mississippi, "K.O. the Kennedys" becomes slogan in a state election campaign in which the central issue is the intensity of anti-Washington, anti-civil rights, anti-Kennedy administration feeling. But the fact is that the South is not so important to the Democratic prospects in 1964 as Republicans make it appear in their bitter squabbling over how far to go in wooing votes below the Mason-Dixon line. For one thing, the South Is no longer the "solid" bloc it once was. Florida, Virginia and Tennessee have given their electoral votes to the Republicans in each of the last three presidential elections. Texas has gone to the GOP twice and Louisiana, once. Moreover, most Democrats concede that Alabama and Mississippi already are irrevocably lost to Kennedy because of civil rights strife, either to the Republicans or to some third-party slate of electors. All this means that there are perhaps no more than 70 electoral votes that tic Daley administration in Chicago. MAXY DEMOCRATS are convinced that the timing of the congressional action on the civil rights legislation is the crucial factor. They contend that many Northern whites don't realize that the administration program is not nearly so could be said to be hang ing in the balance, and no p- mjmmuml A- il L : . B une expt-Lis uiem to swing solidly one way or the other. By contrast, the prospect of serious trouble in northern industrial states the base of the President's support in 1960 is enough to cause tremors among even the most hard-nosed Democratic professionals. This is the reason there is so much interest in straws in the wind like the Philadelphia election or the recent white demonstrations against the Democra- "strong" as the state antidiscrimination laws under which they have been living for years. 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