THE PRESIDENCY: Down with McKinley

The ghost of an old romance kept haunting and embarrassing the Democrats, and it seemed high time for someone to do something about it. Four years ago Ike Eisenhower was the Democratic idol: in 1945 Harry Truman himself promised to help Ike get the presidency if he wanted it, and in 1948 a powerful bloc of Democratic liberals tried to dump Truman and run Ike at the Democratic Convention. Now Ike stood a good chance of getting the Republican nomination in July.

Last week Harry Truman, in rare political fettle, stood up before...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!