POLITICS: The Connolly Conversion

"It's the first time in recorded history that a rat has swum toward a sinking ship." Thus did former Democratic Senator Ralph Yarborough brutally characterize the conversion of his old Texas antagonist John Connally to the Republican Party last week. But even if the G.O.P. is in trouble because of Watergate, it seemed a shrewd time for Connally to come aboard. If he wants to be captain himself some day, it is helpful to demonstrate that stormy weather does not faze him. He wants Republicans to say in effect: "He came over when...

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