Republicans: The Special Spiro Pin

How the Nixon Administration would handle its most rebellious Republican Senator, Charles Goodell of New York, has been one of the fall's more fascinating guessing games. Last week Spiro Agnew provided the answer: the quiet-spoken Goodell would be treated like the meanest of Democrats.

Agnew had been hinting for some time that there is a Republican among the Senate Radical-Liberals, the villains of his political set piece. He finally named Goodell an R.L. during an interview in North Dakota, declaring that the New Yorker had "left his party" by opposing President Nixon...