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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "The 29th Republican Convention" (1968) Summary

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"The 29th Republican Convention" (1968) Summary and Analysis

"Thanks to two murders within five years, Richard Nixon is again a presidential candidate," Vidal wryly observes. With a tone of weary foreboding, Vidal reports on the GOP convention in Miami; describes an absurdly late press conference with then-California Governor Ronald Reagan; the appearance of "the Chase Manhattan Bank made flesh" in the person of Nelson Rockefeller; and various celebrity talking heads. There is, however, little suspense and even less drama to the coronation of King Richard, Vidal says.

Nixon makes his deal with the late Sen. Strom Thurmond that his vice-presidential running mate would be someone pleasing to the South, and proceeds to pick Spiro Agnew of Maryland, "a lumbering man who looks like a cross between Lyndon Johnson and Juan Peron; his acceptance speech was thin and ungrammatical...

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