Nation: THE G.O.P.'S REAL MISSION

A people has to want something. What do we want now? If the highest goal we can come up with is to grow a little fatter, our days as a great nation are numbered. From that standpoint, our domestic crisis might be viewed as a God-given opportunity.

JOHN GARDNER, addressing the Republican Platform Committee in Miami Beach last week, might have added that the nation's unhappy mood has given the G.O.P. an exciting and historic chance as well. Not since 1952 has the party in power been so vulnerable. Even without an Ike like...