Republicans: A Declaration & an Elbow

Before President Johnson stole the Minneapolis Governors' Conference show by moving it to Washington, New York's Nelson Rockefeller won most of the headlines by declaring himself out of the Republican presidential picture. Appearing on a TV panel program, Rocky was asked if he would be a candidate for the G.O.P. nomination in 1968. Said Rockefeller in a word:

"No." Did that mean that he was pledging himself "now and forevermore?" Replied Rockefeller: "That is correct."

The 1964 campaign, he explained, crystallized the party around two positions—the "extreme position, from my point of view,...

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