U.S. At War: Bob Taft Takes Aim

Ohio's deadly-earnest Robert Taft dominated the Republican platform-making. In shirtsleeves, tie unhitched, a pitcher of ice water at hand, Bob Taft carpentered away, exhausting relays of stenographers.

Taft and his crew manfully sawed and hammered away at the platform planks over a table piled high with dictionaries, economic tomes, and the timbers of past G.O.P. and Democratic platforms. Doggedly they listened to a great deal of advice from would-be platform makers, from crackpots to able special pleaders (for causes good & bad).

The Pressure Boys. Like all spotlights, the G.O.P. Convention had attracted a swarm of moths, buzzing and beating their wings....

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