Republicans: The Importance of Being Coy

The moral of the latest Gallup poll seems to be that the harder they run, the bigger they fall.

Gallup stacked Nelson Rockefeller, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon and Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge against President Johnson in a series of trial heats. On a nationwide basis, Rocky fared worst: he drew 16% of the votes to Johnson's 77% . Goldwater was hardly better off, with 18% to Lyndon's 75%. But, in an impressive demonstration of the importance of being coy, Non-Candidate Nixon got 24% of the votes against 71% for the President, and Lodge—who is even more of a non-candidate—did...

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