Time Essay: New Places to Look for Presidents

Can anyone remember when he last went to vote for a U.S.

President and felt both enthusiastic and confident? Totally enthusiastic about his own candidate; reasonably confident that if his man lost, the other fellow would still be a good President?

Not since 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower, a victorious general with some extra dimensions, squared off against the eloquent Governor Adlai Stevenson, have a large majority of Americans felt they were given a choice between two first-rate candidates, either of whom could lead the nation well. By 1956 both Ike and Stevenson had lost a...

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