The Nation: Right On for the New Right

Resurgent conservatives plan to win the war for minds

In a private dining room of the Capitol Hill Club, a Republican oasis in a Democratic preserve, a group of 30 militant conservatives of both parties met in September to celebrate a crucial victory for which they claimed substantial credit. Paul Weyrich, director of the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress, awarded gleaming brass plaques to Republican Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada and Richard Viguerie, the movement's genius of the direct-mail campaign. Their combined efforts, exulted Weyrich, had defeated Jimmy Carter's bills for election-day registration and the public financing of senatorial...

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