National Affairs: Ike's Ebb?

In attacking Ike on monetary policy, Bob Kerr was just being Bob Kerr. But the impunity with which he made the attack—Homer Capehart alone accused him of bad taste rather than inaccuracy—highlighted a new congressional attitude toward Dwight Eisenhower. On strictly domestic issues—the budget, civil rights, etc.—the President has lost, or has forsworn, his political leverage despite his personal popularity on and off Capitol Hill. Congress' discovery: six months through his second term, he need no longer be feared, can often be ignored, occasionally flouted without fear of political reprisal.

Cockiness for Caution. Congress' who-cares sentiment toward Ike-the-domestic-leader blossomed during the "hair-curling"...

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