POLITICAL NOTES: Operation Ike

In the opinion polls in midsummer 1951, Ike Eisenhower is the popular choice for President of the U.S. But it takes politicians to get him the nomination, and political conventions (with good reason) pay little attention to the polls. This week a small, adroit group of Republicans is quietly planning the intricate maneuvers designed to win the nomination for Ike at the G.O.P. convention next July.

It is no simple campaign. The No. 1 Republican power is Ohio's Senator Robert Taft, and politicians like to be seen only in the company of the winner. Every politician knows that the...

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