REPUBLICANS: Change of Positions

In Chicago this week, one of the quadrennial climaxes of American politics was beginning to take form. Candidates' headquarters were open, delegates' rooms were reserved for the Republican National Convention. After a year of campaigning, four years of talking and 20 years of Democratic rule, the Republicans again were going to try to pick a winner. Would it be Dwight David Eisenhower or Robert Alphonso Taft?

Skirmishing was brisk on two fronts:

1) the uncommitted delegates last week were shifting toward their final positions;

2) the fight over contested delegates was moving swiftly toward a decision.

As the candidates and delegates packed their...

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