Politics: Consensus by Any Other Name

"This meeting," said Michigan's George Romney, after a 90-minute lunch with New York's Nelson Rockefeller in a poolside dining room in Puerto Rico, "is purely coincidence." It was about as coincidental as Stanley's confrontation with Livingston, or Wellington's with Napoleon. But that was beside the point.

What the two Republican Governors had on their minds was the future of the G.O.P. and, more immediately, its strategy for 1968. Romney, by virtue of his 600,000-vote third-term victory and potent coattail strength, is the early-form favorite for the 1968 G.O.P. presidential nomination. Rockefeller, a...

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