The Nation: The Spiro of '76

The only excitement of the Republican Convention had nothing to do with this year's presidential campaign. It was an opening skirmish for the 1976 contest. Liberals clashed with conservatives in a classic Republican encounter; and as usual, the outnumbered, outmaneuvered liberals lost. The big winner appears to be Spiro Agnew, who has clearly begun to run for 1976.

The issue is one of those complex numerical puzzles that tend to glaze the most attentive eye. But it is important because it concerns the allotment of delegates to the next convention. The conservatives were...

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