REPUBLICANS: An Upstream Swim for the G.O.P

Meeting with Republican Congressmen at the White House last week, the President of the U.S. made a painful confession. As a "political realist." Richard Nixon acknowledged, "I might be a liability and not necessarily an asset in the [1974] election."

That was putting it mildly. Throughout much of the nation, whenever they huddle in cloakroom, clubhouse or hotel lobby, Republicans are describing this fall's election prospects as "ominous" and "disastrous." Says a veteran state chairman: "This is the worst situation I've ever seen, and that includes 1936 and 1964. Watergate is...

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