Republicans: In Transition

After a protracted period of ambivalence on the Viet Nam war, Michigan's Governor George Romney followed most other leading Republicans last April 7 in giving general support to the Administration's policy. Last week, by contrast, Romney was leading the party. Although his exact destination was not certain, the direction was clearly away from Lyndon Johnson and toward a clear-cut, independent Republican stance on the war during the 1968 campaign.

A remarkable aspect of the shift was that Romney managed it merely by changing emphasis rather than by overt self-contradiction. In his Hartford speech four months ago, he emphasized points of...

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