THE PRESIDENCY: The Progressive Moderate

Dwight Eisenhower, they say, is not a politician. But last week he took care of himself against attacks by two politicians, Republican Joe McCarthy and the new Democratic national chairman, Paul Butler.

At his news conference Ike said he would not reply to McCarthy's attack, that he would not engage in personal quarrels. What effect would a McCarthyite third party have on the Republican Party? Said Ike: "I have no crystal ball." He turned deadly serious and thumped the desk for emphasis as he continued: "If people want to split off ... that will have to be their business ....

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