Republicans: Let George Do It

New York's Nelson Rockefeller made no news at all last week when he insisted yet again: "I am not running for President, and I mean it!" When, for a change, a visitor remarked that he believed the Governor, Rockefeller hardly knew what to say. Pumping the believer's hand, he murmured: "Bless you."

Both the denial and the benediction were convincing. Rockefeller is not only not running; he is not, as skeptics would have it, pussyfooting, horse trading, base stealing, or even conspiring to win the G.O.P. nomination. Indeed, with each new endorsement of...

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