Nation: Toward Reform of the Reforms

Road to nomination is too complex, too costly, too long

Who could have predicted the outcome of the 1980 race for the G.O.P. nomination ? On the eve of the Oregon primary, George Bush stopped in the middle of his 2,735th campaign speech and, with a faraway look in his eyes, wandered outside. He said he wanted to enjoy the scenery. Earlier, Howard Baker returned to the Senate, claiming he would rather push a dozen energy bills through Congress than endure another primary. Ronald Reagan went back to making movies because there were fewer...

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