Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 177
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 177

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
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forthright, a woman as friendly as a puppy/ is, like the wives of most politicians, ambivalent in her attitudes and views of fishbowl living. "I'd like to spend more time with the children," she says, "and do some kind of simple, down-home-type stuff, but when your husband's in politics, you just kind of live from one election to the next, accepting whatever comes. "George and I have never had a child of our own. He had four by his first marriage and I had two by mine. And it's possible that we could have a child even now with his accident. His spinal cord wasn't completely severed, you know, so that his condition doesn't rule out having another child. Fighting pain "But right this minute what we're trying to do is to get rid of his leg and hip pain. We've tried pretty nearly everything, including acupuncture/and we're ready to try biofeedbaclc, but nothing seems to alter his pain unless it's something which takes his mind off it, like television or talking to somebody or campaigning. Since the beginning of his injury and the onset of his pain we've discovered that if he's left alone with a good book or a good TV show, he forgets about it. Mind over matter. "It's too early," she goes on, "for George to make a decision about trying for a Presidential nomination. I've never seen any evidence in the past where he's made early decisions. He waits and studies the political climate. "But he is surely the intellectual equal of someone like Vice President Gerald Ford. Put the two of them on the same platform, addressing folks or debating nationwide over television, and it simply would be no contest. George is so much superior. And I say much the same about Ronald Reaga'n or Nelson Rockefeller or Charles Percy or any of those others they are talking about as Republican candidates. George Wallace is easily their intellectual equal if not better. 'Mental abilities' "A lot of people," Mrs. Wallace suggests, "are put off by the Governor's down-to-earth ways and his Southern accent, and they don't really appreciate his personality or his mental abilities. But he has a real broad grasp of foreign countries, their politics, their history, and how they affect our country and each other. Whenever he talks about those things, I wonder how one soul could have accumulated all that knowledge." In Alabama, there is no hosanna shortage for Wallace, mainly because Alabamians love a winner and are especially proud of a home-state boy burgeoned into a national figure. There is, however, among the more politically objective minds in the South a substantial doubt as to whether Wallace can change a racist image so deeply embedded in the national perception that it would preclude his running on what his supporters describe as "the unbeatable Democratic ticket of Kennedy and Wallace." Would Sen. Ted Kennedy who has visited Wallace in Montgomery run with a man who permitted in his state many years ago the erection of billboards which said, "Kayo the Ken- nedys"? Would he accept as a running mate a man who so doggedly battled his brother Robert Kennedy, in an attempt to deny black students entrance to the University of Alabama? Would he campaign with a running mate who loudly and proudly ended a 1963 speech with a ringing, "And I say, segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!"? Granted that George Wallace has modified his views on race, that he is rapidly veering to a more centrist position--"I was always more centrist than people gave me credit, for"--granted that he ran Big Hate campaigns not George and Cornelia Wallace wed in 7977, a year after her divorce, brought together by Dr. and Mrs. William Waller of Montgomery, Ala., whom Cornelia describes as "notorious matchmakers," and Tom Johnson "Montgomery Independent" editor. because he is basically and philosophically a Negro-hater, but because he prized political victory above principle --is Ted Kennedy prepared to forgive and forget, because Wallace can possibly deliver the South and the Border States in '76? Or if Kennedy does not run in 1976 and Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson does, will Jackson, believing in the right of redemption, accept Wallace on a Jackson-Wallace ticket? Some guesses Many Democratic politicians here as elsewhere are convinced that Richard Nixon will not serve out his full term of office. They offer a variety of scenarios. One holds that if the House of Representatives impeaches him, the President will resign. Another suggests that if impeached, Nixon will be convicted by the Senate. A third suggests that Nixon will suffer a nervous breakdown, that no man is strong enough to withstand the allegations, accusations, and denunciations hurled at him day after day without his eventual mental collapse. All of these scenarios may prove faulty, but each calls for the ascendancy of Gerald Ford to the Presidency before November, 1976. If Ford becomes President, he will appoint as Vice President, according to these same scenarios, one of the following: Nelson Rockefeller, Charles Percy, Mel Laird or Lowell Weicker. Should November, 1976, find Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller the White House incumbents, whom can the Democrats come up with to beat that formidable Republican team in the next Presidential election? Carry the South? The Wallace camp suggests Kennedy and Wallace, alleging that without Wallace, Kennedy can make no sizable inroads in the South, a judgment disproved by his brother John irrl960. A Kennedy-Wallace team, according to many knowledgeable Democrats, would prove unacceptable to the left wing of the Democratic Party. Says Alan Baron, chairman of the Democratic Planning Group: "If Kennedy ran with Wallace, which I consider an impossibility, Democrats would form a third party or sit the election out. If "Scoop" Jackson ran with Wallace, probably the same thing would happen. "This is not to deny," Baron explains, "that George Wallace will play a major role in the councils and conventions of the party. He will probably wind up with 25 percent of the delegates to the national convention. He will be in a position to say to the party bigwigs, 'I want Gov. Jimmy Carter of continued

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