Republicans: Mystery Guest

"Here's your chance," Toastmaster George Murphy told the 2,000 diners at the Washington Hilton, "to sit in the presence of the next President of the U.S." Well, Lyndon Johnson was nowhere in sight, and neither were Hubert Humphrey and Bobby Kennedy. But just about every Republican aspirant for 1968 was on hand. The $500-a-plate affair was billed as a "G.O.P. Victory Gala" to celebrate last November's comeback, but it was more of a preview for next year. It was also the most profitable single event in the party's history, netting $1,000,000 for...

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