THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Watergate: Still an Issue?

Why have Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan been unable to rally more national support for the Republican cause? Why does Jimmy Carter—an engaging but not dynamic man—enjoy a lead of 2 to 1 in public opinion surveys? Undoubtedly that will change some after the Republicans make their choice this week and voters are confronted with a real candidate, not just a possibility. Yet the questions continue to tantalize.

Reagan's narrow base is explainable after a long season of careless talk about cutting $90 billion from the federal budget and getting tough with the Russians in Africa, plus his new-found compatibility...

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