Politics: Lady in the Race

As a stalwart conservative, New Hampshire's late Republican Senator Styles Bridges bowed to no one. Well, almost no one: it just so happened that his attractive blonde wife Doloris sometimes made Styles seem, by comparison, a blazing liberal. During the 1960 presidential campaign, she declared in a speech to a New Hampshire women's club that Democrat John Kennedy had "a very, very soft record on Communism." She attached a qualifier that only added injury to insult: "This man is not a Communist—at least I don't think he is a Communist." Al though an accomplished and popular hostess, Doloris had...

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