Struggling for a Party's Soul

G.O. P. factions jockey for 1988, and beyond

Wrapped in Ronald Reagan's genial embrace, the Republicans seem to be one big happy family, basking in the reflected glow of the President's popularity. Without him, however, the G.O.P. may again be riven by factions that not only disagree on issues but harbor a distrust and even a thorough dislike of one another.

Those discordant strains could be heard beneath the harmony of last week's carefully scripted convention. Whether or not Reagan wins a second term in November, the race to succeed him—and the struggle for...

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