Nation: The Man from PAUSE

We might call it PAUSE—for Perplexed and Uncommitted State Executives, said Oregon's Governor Tom McCall, chuckling over his own acronym. Whatever he called it, McCall's proposed society of Republican Governors was intended as a device to keep the party's options open on next year's presidential nominees.

The Oregonian's notion, outlined in a letter to 20 other Republican Governors, was that they should all meticulously refrain from supporting any of the potential contenders until, after "continual pulse feeling," they could all move "in concert toward selection of the Republican who has the best chance...

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