Setting Out to Whomp 'Em

The Republicans sound the battle cry as they renominate Reagan and Bush

Very little was left to chance. The proceedings were so carefully scripted that virtually the only suspense was whether all 50,000 balloons in the Dallas Convention Center would disgorge on cue when Ronald Reagan and George Bush appeared on the podium for their victory waves the final evening. The party's conservative leadership was in such firm control that minority dissenters to the platform had no chance to raise their criticisms on the floor. Many of the principal speeches were edited by two...

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