Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Muted Thunder on the Right

Was he happy about Haig's resignation? John Lofton, editor of something called the Conservative Digest, was asked the question that very night on ABC's Nightline. "For about a minute and eight seconds," Lofton replied— meaning, until he heard the name of Haig's successor. Once again, to a mind like Lofton's, Ronald Reagan was proving himself insufficiently Reaganite.

The dismay about Reagan among Reaganites brought an ill-assorted two dozen Some them together for a meeting a week before Haig's resignation. Some were writers and polemicists of standing, including Michael Novak, Irving Kristol and...

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