Republicans: Mining the Mother Lode

Returning to New Hampshire last week, George Romney assiduously prospected the Granite State for votes in its March 12 presidential primary. It was mechanized mining, aided by the Michigan Governor's computerized mailing drive and highlighted by a calculated schedule of stops where support seemed most likely.

From Nashua to Dixville Notch, he sermonized in boys' school and fish factory, Y.M.C.A. and insurance office, shopping center and ski resort. Mostly he campaigned in living rooms, where he tapped a veritable mother lode.

The women gathered, burbling babes on many laps, in a kaffeeklatsch...