Nation: Republicans: The Late Late Show

However much the convention antics and dramatics on the Cow Palace floor seemed to be spun out by pro-Goldwater rote, one thing worth watching was the Republican moderates' death battle on the platform issues. Unfortunately, the climax came too late for much of the Eastern U.S. to follow it on television.

The platform fight was the dwindling anti-Goldwater platoon's final, forlorn hope. It wanted planks denouncing extremist groups, calling for "effective enforcement" of the 1964 civil rights law, and reaffirming the policy that only the President of the U.S. should be authorized to...

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