REPUBLICANS: Sharpening Up the Long Knives

For the Republican Party, the season of long knives has already begun. Ronald Reagan this week will huddle with his closest advisers in West Los Angeles to settle on a long-range strategy for taking over the party's creaky national machinery. Stiff opposition will come from other Republicans with presidential ambitions, most notably former Governor John Connally of Texas, as well as liberals and moderates who fear that Reagan's move would cripple the party by narrowing its base.

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