ou 0 4 HOUSTON w fw 4 WEe mug ernor Reagan that everyone in the delegation is still supporting him after the Schweiker announcement.” Angelo was right. Tuesday afternoon, but a few hours before the battle would begin over an attempt to force the President to disclose his running mate before his nomination, the Texans caucused. Rumors were circulating around the city that the battle was just about overthat Ford would win. “AP and UPI are saying Ford has the convention locked up,” bellowed former state Rep. Ray Barnhart, chairman of the 10 The Texas Observer MOLAS hand stitched on the San Blas Islands Folk Art From Latin America 1710 Sunset Blvd. 527-9838 Classified advertising is 20Q per word. Discounts for multiple insertions within a 12-month period: 25 times, 50 percent; 12 times, 25 percent; 6 times, 10 percent. NEW ORLEANS ON $8 A YEAR. The Weekly Courier, 1232 Decatur, 70116. BOOKS PRINTED from manuscript. Biography Press, Rt. 1-745, Aransas Pass, Texas 78336. JOIN THE ACLU. 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Jimmy Lyon of Houston, who served as Reagan’s Texas finance chairman, came back from a luncheon with Reagan somewhat despondent. “I’m really worried that people don’t understand the issue behind this rule change,” he said of the fight over 16-C. “People don’t realize that for four years this has been talked about in the Republican Party. This isn’t something that John Sears [Reagan’s shrewd campaign manager] came up with. If people don’t understand the importance of getting a chance to vote on the whole ticket, the Ford people may get to them.” It didn’t happen to the Lone Star delegation. Yes, Mississippi cast all 30 votes against the rule change, and even one Californian flaked on the crucial test vote. But not Texas. Perhaps it is easier to understand the constancy of the fervor, the emotion, when one has,’ some perspective on the Reaganites’ perceptions. To them, Jimmy Carter is the anti-Christ. He is the abnegation of all that is good, the denial of order and meaning. 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Betty Andujar, the Fort Worthian who has a seat on the GOP national committee. “He’s just as socialistic as he can be. You can’t have all of these programs he wants and spend and spend and spend. Somebody’s got to pay for all that and the American people don’t want it. It’s socialistic.” Jimmy Carter also took it on the chin from another Texan, none other than .John Connally, who is still going national with his brand of inspired leadership. The Democrats, explained the former Democratic governor who served as vice chairman of the 1964 Democratic convention, had nominated “a man unknown, a man untested, a man wholly subservient to those factions which are inexorably tightening their control over that party and over the nation.” Yes, explained Connally, Jimmy Carter just couldn’t be trusted. “Do you want to entrust the leadership of this land for the next four years to a man of whom you never heard one year ago? Are you willing to place at the helm in these times a commander in chief who will not sayand may not knowwhere he intends to steer this ship of state?” Connally made his points on Carter more effectively than any other GOP huckster. The convention, however, never really caught his drift. As he delivered his speech, an audible mumbling reverberated throughout the convention hall. Generally, Connally holds his audience and works his will on them, but not this time. It was not his night. “The delegates didn’t have their hearts and minds on Connally. They were thinking about the vote on 16-C [to come later in the night],” explained a Connecticut delegate. Even the Texas delegates, as raucous as any group at the convention, were subdued. Connally did come up with a new idea for his speech, which many of his supporters had hoped would sweep him to the vice presidential nod. He called for, if not demanded, a constitutional amendment prohibiting deficit spending “except in time of war or national emergency.” “We must end deficit spending and the cruel inflation that silently robs all Americans, hurting most those who can afford it least,” he said. John Connally, the little guy’s friend. Connally brought a few of his own friends to the convention. He set up shop in the Meuhlbach-Radisson Hotel, the convention’s official headquarters. With a staff of five, Connally managed to survive a convention in which he had no official capacity, other than addressing the delegates. Even his wife had a press secretary to protect her from the wandering eye of reporters. The tab for all of this was picked up by the Republican CongreSsional Campaign Committee; Connally has promised to hit the hustings for the GOP. this fall / Other Connally hangers-on included Rep. Ray Hutchison, the state GOP chairman CLASSIFIED
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