POLITICS: Techniques & Tactics

As Robert Alphonso Taft moved through the Southwest last week, his voice hoarse from marathon speechmaking, there was no sign that he intended to revise his campaign technique. Yet observers who carefully sorted and examined the bones of the New Hampshire primary felt that the Taft technique had its flaws.

Everywhere Taft stopped in New Hampshire he drew attentive crowds. But he was abrupt and cold in greeting local leaders, brushed off autograph hunters and handshakers, cut short or sidestepped questioners. He charged that nobody knows what Dwight Eisenhower stands for, inquired slyly whether Ike would dare to attack the Truman...

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