National Affairs: The Durable Party

Worse things than the Eisenhower landslide have happened to the Democratic Party. It survived the Civil War and it survived William Jennings "Bryan—which would indicate that it is as nearly immortal as a political party can be. On the morrow of 1952's defeat, its political power is still strong, with only a few votes separating it from control of House and Senate. More important is the fact that millions of voters who switched to Ike had a hard time making up their minds; they could easily switch back if the country got into a serious economic recession or met grave setbacks...

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