National Affairs: Trappings of Confidence

From the very beginning of his 1952 campaign, Bob Taft has used the bandwagon theme: Republicans everywhere want Taft; Taft is ahead; Taft can't lose. The purpose of this tried but not necessarily true strategy is to influence delegates who want, above all, to be riding the winning horse. Last week, with the Republican Convention only a fortnight away, Taft & Co. were playing the confidence theme like a name band at sign-off time, trilling the high notes and thundering the lows.

Magnanimous Bob. Candidate Taft put on the benign air of a man who has already won the decision, and is...

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