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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!