Nation: A Grand Old Party for the G.O.P.

The conventioneers' verdict: Detroit was a wow

The opening-night reviews were boffo, and the show got better as it went along. "They've done a spectacular job," said former North Carolina Governor James E. Holshouser Jr. "I came up here very skeptical, but the city went out of its way to make us feel welcome. Detroit is the third convention city I've visited, and it's by far the best."

From Ronald Reagan on down, Republicans last week expressed surprise, delight and, finally, gratitude for the welcome they received at their 32nd convention. At the outset of his acceptance speech, Reagan thanked the city for...

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