REPUBLICANS: Party Pulse Beats

Publicly, Republican National Chairman Leonard Hall was brimming over with confidence. "Our campaign plans and strategy remain unchanged," cried he to a Bangor, Me. audience last week. "We're the best shape we've been in for 25 years. Privately, Hall was mournful. Said he to a friend: "I'm in the worst spot in the world." Actually, the Republican prognosis was neither as hopeful nor as hopeless as Len Hall, in his public and private moods, made out: after a week marked by taking new political pulses, it seemed clear that the G.O.P. had...

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