Nation: Signs & Portents

Everyone can agree that House G.O.P. Leader Charlie Halleck is a fearsome, toe-to-toe political slugger. But to a lot of young House Republicans, this is not nearly enough. They complain that Halleck opposes for the sake of opposing, refuses to consider constructive G.O.P. alternatives to Democratic programs, and thus contributes to a negative Republican image. It has got so bad that these young Republicans do not even think "The Ev and Charlie Show" is funny.

A couple of weeks ago, some of the unhappy Republicans, among them New York's Charles E. Goodell, 36, and Michigan's Robert Griffin, 39, had lunch together. They...

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