The Invisible Primary

Bode, Ken
July 1979
New Republic;7/21/79-7/28/79, Vol. 181 Issue 3/4, p11
Comments on presidential politics during midsummer in the United States. President Jimmy Carter's summer vacation at Camp David; Republican candidate Ronald Reagan's efforts to deal with the problem of being an aging frontrunner by staying fit, tanned, and out of sight; Arkansas Republicans' decision to avoid a primary altogether and instead to pick their delegates in closed party committee meetings; Suggestion that Carter's failed presidency has begun to alleviate one of Reagan's greatest liabilities, that he is too far right ever to win a general election.


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