THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, October 31, 1975
CONSERVATISM KEY FACTOR:
'But now, the Mr. Nice Guy period
is over. The old four C's are replaced4
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ter) - Sentiment is growing
new set: confusion, contradic among Washington observers'
that President Ford has lost
confrontation and can't do.' ground in the country and that;
his election chances next year
are, at best, questionable.
J enHis strict conservative philos-
-sophy has already alienated or-
Wall Street Journal ganized labor and the poor, and
analysts say he is in danger
of losing support in the big
cities if he maintains his hands-'
off attitude towards financially
hard pressed New York City.
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IF THE election were to be
held now instead of next No-
vember, Ford's economic .poli-
cies would be under strong
challenge in nearly every large
industrial state, and their elec-
toral college votes are vital in
any presidential election.
"President Ford is gradually
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building a record that is almost
sure to lose him the big north-
emn cities and states in next
year's election," Columnist,
James Reston wrote in The New
Economic indicators suggest
that the country is rapidly re-'
covering from the deep reces-
sion which gripped it last year.
BUT unemployment is still
at the unacceptable figure of
more than eight per cent of the
work force and New York City,"
the largest in the nation, is
faced with bankruptcy and eco-I
nomic chaos which presidential
critics assert could threaten the
recovery and plunge the country'
back into recession.
President Ford has proposed
to Congress a mammoth $28 bil-
lion tax cut next year provided
it is tied to a cut in govern-
ment spending of a similar
But the proposal has not re-
ceived any serious consideration
from either the House of Repre-
sentatives or the Senate, both
of which are under the control -
of the opposition Democratic
THE PROPOSAL has been
labelled as "weird" by some
and totally unrealistic by oth-
The President has already'
clearly decided on his 1976 cam-
paign strategy. It is to run
against what he describes as a,
"can't do" Congress, much as
the late President Truman did
in 1948; to charge it with be-
ing reckless in spending tax-
payers' money; to denounce Ford
high taxes and government bu-
reaucracy and to call for reduc- Wall Street Journal, "The Mr. lican p
tions in expensive social pro- Ni'ce Guy period is over. The nation.
grams and welfare payments. old Four C's are replaced by a'
Ford came into the presi- new set: confusion, contradic- THE
dency following the unprece- tion, confrontation and can't the ch
dented Watergate - generated do." dent's
resignation of President Nixon A few months ago, fresh from ing ar
14 months ago. He was imme- his decisive actions when the ,though
diately hailed as a "Mr. Nice merchant ship, Mayaguez, was ened it
Guy" and applauded for reviv- attacked by Cambodian gun- was ra
ing confidence in government. boats, President Ford seemed interse
He ended the long Watergate to have the Republican field to One
nightmare and promised a himself. An incipient revolt by that, a
"policy of communication, con- the conservative wing of the' to won
ciliation, compromise and coop- party, unset over the policy of dent h
eration." detente towards the Soviet Un- Prob
ion and improved relations with ing po
"BUT NOW," noted corres- China, was quieted; a poten- Ford a
pondent James Gannon, of the tial challenge from the conser- confusi
!_____vative hero, former California over w
Th'Governor Ronald Reagan, was party's
This apparently nipped in the bud.
Weekend But there has been a change TEN
FRI.-SAT. since then, reflected in Ford's the fi
inability to restore his stand- more I
Ding in the public opinion polls. cited
The conservatives have begun promp
Xcriticizing again and Reagan that,
M ARC V I gives every sign of seriously by Se
challenging Ford for the Repub- be ac
turn to one of its senior states- SOME rightwing Republicans
men, Senator Hubert Hum- believe Reagan can oust Presi-
phrey. dent Ford and become the par-
He is seen by many Demo- ty's nominee.
crats as the only candidate out- That theory is not taken seri-
side the reluctant Senator Ken-' ously, however, by knowledg-
nedy who could unite the par- able analysis such as Wall
ty's divided factions. % Street Journal columnist Ver-
Senator Humphrey's greatest mont Royster.
drawback is that he will be 65 "Certainly the Republicans
at the time the election cam- aren't going to repudiate the
paign is mounted in earnest President they've got and turn
next year. a possible defeat into a sure
one," he wrote. "So any talk
SHOULD he win the nomina- about a successful challenge to
tion, it would represent a come- Mr. Ford from Ronald Reagan
back just as dramatic as that of is just that."
Richard Nixon, who looked ab-
solutely out of the political pic- PERHAPS the most outspoken
ture following his defeat by comments about President
President Kennedy in 1960 and Ford's future come from Jo-
his failure two years later to seph Harsch of the Christian
'But no veteran politician ... would
still classify him (Ford) as the 'most
probable' wiaer in Nor. 1976.'
-Joseph Harsch, Christian
)arty presidential nomi-
RE IS little doubt that
ange followed the Presi-
insistence on campaign-
round the country even;
his life was twice threat-
i California and his car
mmed into at a traffic
ction in Connecticut.
commentator hlas said
s a result, people began
nder whether the Presi-j
ad good judgment.
ably the most encourag-
litical circumstance for
at present is the obvious
ion among the Democrats
who is going to be their
1976 standard bearer.
hopefuls are already in
ield and there could be
by January. None has ex-
any great following,
ting growing speculation
in the continued refusal
nator Edward Kennedy to
candidate, the party will
win the California governorship.
Senator Humphrey, who was
the late President Johnson's
Vice President for four years,
failed in his presidential bid
against President Nixon in 1968
and was defeated in his quest;
for the party nomination again
Humphrey has been running
for the presidency since 1960
and is still known as the "happy
warrior," a quality which the
Democrats, might want to try to
exploit in 1976.
IF Humphrey's age or his
health preclude him from run-
ning again, the party might
seek out Senator Sdmund Mus-
kie, of Maine, who is three
years younger, or Senator Hen-
ry Jackson, of Washington
State, who is 63 and is the ac-
knowledged front runner of
those who have declared their
Other possibles are Represen-
tative Maurice Udall, of Ari-
zona, Senator Birch Bayh, of
Indiana, and Senator Frank
Church, of Idaho, all younger
Two months ago, he wrote,
the President's personal attrac-
tiveness plus the visibility he
quickly won by being in the
White House made him look
both like the next Republican
candidate and the most prob-
able winner for 1976.
"But now," added Harsch, "It
is necessary to subtract 'most
probable' from the formula . .
he still has the inside track for
the Republican nomination. But
no veteran politician ... would
still cl'ssify him as the 'most
probable' winner in Nov. 1976.
He may have an edge over any-
one else presently in the run-
ning in either Harty. But that
edge is narrow and probably
Renublican party leaders, as
a consequence, are looking
armvnd to see whether just pos-
sibly they might have among
themselves someone young, new
and interesting "who just might
catch the nonilar imagination
as a Wendell Willkie once did,"
Reagn culdgivePreidet Willkie came from virtually
Reagan could give President nowhere to give the late Demo-
Ford trouble in the Republican ngD
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baloting in New Hampshire.
Governor Meldrim Thomson is
a Reagan supporter and the
anti-Ford conservative element
in the state is well-organized.
cratic President p'ranmi n ..
Roosevelt a stiff fight in 1940.
Despite Ford's r- nt heavy
schedule of campaigning, his
popularity remains virtually un-
changed according to a Gallup
poll. This showed 47 per cent
of those questioned expressing
approval of his performance.
Thirty seven per cent disap-
proved and 16 per cent were
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