Nation: Illinois: Just Pals

The sweetest situation in politics is to be able to take an issue and run on both sides of it. His voice tolling warnings of doom, Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen, 66, told Illinois voters of the Kennedy Administration's shortcomings. "Oh," intoned Dirksen of the New Frontier, "they've got us moving again, bless you all. But we're moving downhill into the valley of the shadow." Yet in the next days, Dirksen described his palsy-walsy relationship with President Kennedy, both personally and on international problems: "He has been my friend for 14 years. He...

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