National Affairs: Mutterings on the Left

"Emotional abhorrence of Nixon," wrote a columnist in the liberal New Republic last week, "seems to be about the strongest bond liberals have these days." Five pages later, the New Republic exposed the impoverished truth of the statement by taking off on its fellow-liberal weeklies, the Nation and the Reporter. Reason: they are "advising liberals to refrain from supporting Adlai Stevenson."

The Reporter's crime, as the New Republic sees it, was a December "Dear Governor Stevenson" letter written by Editor Max Ascoli. "Quite a number of those who were earnestly, even enthusiastically, for you in '52 cannot easily make up their minds...

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