Politics: The New Breed

There have been admirals in the Kentucky navy with more power and prestige than many Republican state chairmen in the South since the Civil War. As leaders of a small and suspect minority, many G.O.P. chairmen shrugged off any chance of winning state elections, dozed on dusty courthouse steps, and dreamed of the election of the next Republican President and the patronage that would flow down from Washington.

But things are changing in the old Confederate states. Dwight Eisenhower's popularity overcame the desuetude of G.O.P. state organizations; he carried four Southern states...

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