Coronation in Prime Time

The Republicans wonder: Will anybody out there be watching?

When the Republicans gather in Dallas next week for their national convention, they will have a gleaming set, a boffo headliner and a friendly audience in the hall. But then the plot thins. For the first time since 1972, neither spot on the ticket needs to be filled. There are no renegades challenging the incumbent, no festering party feuds. The few philosophical conflicts that do exist are subterranean, more likely to be peaceably resolved in the dim light of back rooms than in the glare...

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