DEMOCRATS: The Thin Man

At their national committee meeting at New Orleans last fortnight, Democrats, looking to 1956, alternated between hope and despair. If Eisenhower does not run, they are almost sure they can win; if he does, they are almost sure they will be beaten. These conclusions are consistent with the main Democratic line of not publicly attacking Eisenhower. Since he is popular, attacks hurt the party of the attackers. Since he is a man of self-respect, personal attacks might lead him to seek vindication by running again.

Nobody explained this sound political logic to the...

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