Republicans: Nelson's Hundred Days

The fact may have generally escaped notice at the time, but when New York's Governor Nelson Rockefeller leaped back into the race for the G.O.P. presidential nomination on April 30, precisely 100 days remained until the balloting was to begin in Miami. Last week, despite enthusiastically cheering crowds and some other encouraging signs, there was increasing worry among his followers that Nelson's Hundred Days might well wind up as Napoleon's did—with a Waterloo.

Not that Rockefeller was allowing any such thoughts to distract him from his hard-fought, late-starting drive. Through the week, he...

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