Nation: Plain Talk in the Puzzle Palace

After the ritual visit to Gettysburg, where he won Dwight Eisenhower's inimitable endorsement as "a Republican, I believe" and "a man of great integrity and common sense," Ronald Reagan last week braved Washington's skeptical scrutiny. Most of his fellow Republicans, though impressed by the actor's runaway victory in California's G.O.P. gubernatorial primary (TIME, June 17), were either unaware or dubious of Rea gan's move toward the center since he supported Goldwater in 1964. In a candid, eloquent speech before the National Press Club, the newcomer left no doubt of his present views.

Reagan, 55, served his audience the Hollywood hors d'oeuvres that...