National Affairs: Power to Burn

Indiana politicos knew that their Republican Governor Ralph Gates had been building a state-wide machine ever since he was elected two years ago. But it was strictly rear-wheel drive—a conventional Republican model with low-pressure heads and reciprocating county chairmen. It would run on alcohol if necessary. Nobody was overenthusiastic when it was brought to Indianapolis last week for the Republican State Convention.

The Governor thoroughly expected that it would drive wily 37-year-old Attorney Bill Jenner into the G.O.P. senatorial nomination. Jenner had been in county politics for twelve years, spent over two years in the Army as a captain, served an interim...

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