A Star Is Born - and Registered

Jeane Kirkpatrick becomes a Republican with a political future

Voters who go through the routine procedure of changing their party registrations do not ordinarily get gala receptions thrown in their honor or receive the personal congratulations of just about every bigwig in their new political tribe. But then Jeane Kirkpatrick is no ordinary voter. When the departing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations confided that she was severing a lifelong affiliation with the Democratic Party and planning to register as a Republican, G.O.P. officials gleefully scheduled a celebration bash for April 3 and sent out invitations decorated with a drawing of a dancing elephant. Just about every ranking Republican in...

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