Republicans: The New Rules of Play

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For George Romney it was the final indignity: never in his lurching pursuit of the presidential nomination had he created the impact wrought in the five minutes he took to end the quest. Seldom, in fact, has any political announcement detonated such shock waves or so rapidly reversed the positions of two men—in this case, Romney and Nelson Rockefeller. But the result for the Republican Party last week was clarification rather than confusion. Now, at last, the G.O.P. can focus on a choice between its two strongest alternatives: New Yorkers...

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