The Nation: ...Or in a Party?

If Agnew's voice does not ultimately prevail in 1976, it may well be because Republican ears are more finely attuned to the Texas drawl of Democrat John Bowden Connally. Any day now, his intimates insist, Big John will throw his other long leg over the fence into the Republican corral — formally switching parties as a necessary step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Connally believes that he has been encouraged in his decision by Nixon. For weeks the President has been privately promoting the former Treasury Secretary as his possible successor. Through the alchemy of Connally's ambition, that...

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