Politics: Rocking Their Boat

New York's Governor Nelson Rockefeller nervously tapped the dead microphone that stood before him in the Napoleon Room of Miami Beach's marble-and-glass Deauville Hotel. "Somebody's cut my wire," he grinned. Far from getting his wires cut, Rockefeller did some aggressively effective wire-cutting himself at the 55th annual Governors Conference in Miami Beach last week. Leading an outnumbered but united phalanx of Republican Governors, he outmaneuvered the Democrats, achieved a thumping tactical triumph for his party by embarrassing the Democrats on the nation's prickliest domestic issue: civil rights.

Rockefeller went to the conference...

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