THE CONVENTION: Instant Replay: How Ford won It

For a full 44 minutes, the long plastic horns wailed and moaned in an ear-pounding salute to a doomed candidacy. "Sounds like an old cow who needs milk-in' bad," scoffed one Mississippi delegate as Ronald Reagan's snake-dancing, banner-waggling backers gave vent to their frustrations. While one of the longest convention demonstrations in this century roiled about him in Kansas City's Kemper Arena, Minnesota's Bob Forsythe, a floor whip for Gerald Ford, remained unmoved. Said he: "We've got the votes and we're just waiting."

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