The Nation: A Grace Note from Rocky

Nothing so became Nelson Rockefeller in the vice presidency of the U.S. as his renunciation of it. In a week of tawdry infighting and ugly speculation, he struck one of the few grace notes.

No one ever went to more trouble than Rockefeller to attain an office for which he was, if anything, overqualified. He was subjected to relentless, often brutal questioning by his congressional investigators. Yet after less than a year in office he announced last week that "it's just not worth it" to remain on the ticket. He was candid about the...

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