The fact that Lindsay won was only the most unusual part of a highly unusual election,"" claims Miss Carter, who assiduously and acidulously follows the proceedings of fall, 1965, in New York City. She spends most of her time with the Democrats, who thought they could shoe in Beame as Democrat per se with the physically prominent backing of Humphrey and Kennedy (Johnson's lukewarm, tardy endorsement could hardly have helped). She calls Wagner the chief figure in the mayoralty campaign, assesses his administration (patchwork but positive) and the man, his prospective successors, including Buckley (all comment, no action). Lindsay won by dipping into the Democratic bucket across the board, achieved ""a personal triumph."" Hit in office with the Transit Strike, he has exhibited ""a desire to cope with issues in a strategic manner rather than a manipulative manner."" For those who want to rethink the election, an intelligent lay-level wrap-up.