Republicans: No Consensus

Though they are of different generations, and eons apart in temperament and style, Everett McKinley Dirksen, 71, and Gerald Ford, 53, have one big thing going for them: they are both devoted to the Republican Party. Even that, however, is not always a tie that binds when it comes to opposing the Johnson Administration—as both stars showed only too well, or too dimly, in the course of their second annual G.O.P. "State of the Union" message last week.

The difference was one of emphasis rather than substance, for the two Republican leaders, speaking to an...

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