National Affairs: They Hate Ike

The poison pen pals of the U.S., who began smearing Ike Eisenhower more or less covertly before the New Hampshire primary, were hard at work last week on an around-the-clock, coast-to-coast basis. In Washington, Los Angeles, Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago and New York, the smudgy little dodgers, the slick pamphlets and the "confidential" newsletters oozed a campaign of character assassination such as the U.S. has not seen since the 1928 campaign against Alfred E. Smith.

In sum, their messages are incoherent, self-canceling and wildly contradictory. But their common purpose is the big smear. With...

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