Politics: The Lincoln Takeover

The New Frontier may seem timid at times in foreign relations, but on the domestic scene it can be jokingly aggressive—as it showed in the steel-price battle, the Battle of Mississippi, and several other feats of political jujitsu. Last week the Administration even tried to take Abraham Lincoln away from the Republican Party.

Choice of Punches. On Lincoln's Birthday, traditionally an occasion for Republican speechmaking, President Kennedy held the center of the stage with an 800-guest White House reception and buffet dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. "Hypocritical," cried the upstaged Republican National Committee. Among...

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