Republicans: The Reassessment

Immediately after President Kennedy's assassination, top Republicans declared a month-long moratorium on partisan political activity. But under the U.S.'s tried and true system, such a moratorium fits a politician about as well as a bottle fits a bumblebee. And by last week the buzzing about 1964's G.O.P. presidential possibilities was being heard all over.

Almost everyone agreed that things had changed—if only because the Republican nominee would presumably be facing President Johnson instead of Kennedy. One of the first to concede this fact was Arizona's Senator Barry Goldwater, who candidly said that...

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