THE NATION: Two-Platoon Politics

The presidential campaign had only three weeks left to run, but the Republicans still didn't hate Adlai Stevenson and the Democrats still didn't hate Ike. In 1952, the two-platoon system had come to politics too. Each party had not only picked a candidate but had provided its foes with a living, breathing, campaigning villain. Last week the G.O.P. was so sore at Truman and the Democrats so incensed at Bob Taft that both Ike and Adlai were still good guys to millions on both sides of the political fence.

The woods had never been so full of orators who seemed to...

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