The Nation: LIVING WITH THE SCARLET LETTER

Among moderate Republicans, few are more deeply rooted in the party's past —or more anxious about its future—than Maryland Senator Charles McCurdy Mathias. His great-grandfather, Charles Trail, ran for state senator with Abe Lincoln in 1864. His grandfather, Maryland State Senator John Mathias, campaigned beside Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. Mathias himself was a founder of the Wednesday Club of Republican moderates in both the U.S. House and Senate. On the eve of the Kansas City convention, TIME National Political Correspondent Robert Ajemian visited Mathias and reported:

At the dinner table of their white brick home in Chevy Chase, Md., Charles Mathias and...

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