Republicans: Some Facts of History

History, as everyone knows, does not repeat itself. Yet the circumstances of history can, and often do, run in parallels. This may lead the careless, casual or wishful observer, spotting similar sets of circumstances, to jump to wrong conclusions.

The similarities between the 1952 and 1964 contests for the Republican presidential nomination seem striking in many ways. Will history repeat itself? Can William Scranton do this year what Dwight Eisenhower did in '52? The answer, as of last week, was: almost certainly not.

The Similarities. Remember 1952? There was Bob Taft, Mr. Republican, idol of his party's conservative wing, career politician,...

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