National Affairs: To the Same Old Stand

By rights, no law of politics forbade the Democratic presidential nominee from attacking the Republican nominee-presumptive in his acceptance speech. But when Jack Kennedy took time out for a personal attack on Dick Nixon, his campaign fell back notably from the new frontier to the same old stand.

"We know that our opponents will invoke the name of Abraham Lincoln on behalf of their candidate—despite the fact that his political career has often seemed to show charity toward none and malice for all," he said to mild applause. "We know that it will not be easy to campaign against a man who...

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