Conventions '72: The Republicans' Orderly Beat

NATURALLY enough, the convention of the party in power marches to a steadier beat. In or out, modern Republicans have a tradition of tidier selections—with 1964 perhaps a recent exception—than those of the brawling, robust Democrats. With a sitting and seemingly eminently re-electable President in command, the Republicans are again heading for what looks like a relatively bland $1.5 million affair in Miami Beach. By all indications, it will be a pageant of party unity, a coronation rather than a contest, a subdued, elegantly appointed spectacular in which the only mystery is the...

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