Nation: Republicans: The Letter

There were few surprises in San Francisco. But an unexpected fracas was set off by a three-page letter that was stuffed in a plain white envelope marked "Personal" and hand-carried down one floor from Candidate Bill Scranton's headquarters in the Mark Hopkins Hotel to Barry Goldwater's suite. Had the contest for the nomination been even close, that letter might have gone down as one of the worst blunders in U.S. political history. As it was, it would be remembered as little more than a fascinating footnote.

Inexperienced & Groggy. On the convention's eve, Scranton,...

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