REPUBLICANS: The Patronage Problem

For any change-of-party new administration, the problem of patronage has three elements: 1) getting rid of the patronage appointees of the preceding administration to assure loyalty to the new regime, 2) getting good men to fill the vacant jobs, 3) rewarding the politically faithful to keep the party machinery going for future elections. The three-way problem (which the Republicans have not faced since Harding succeeded Wilson) has slowed down the Eisenhower Administration until GOPoliticos are grumbling impatiently. Last week Dwight Eisenhower moved to solve it by shifting control of patronage from White House Aide Sherman Adams to Ike's...

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