THE CAMPAIGN: Get Out the Cues

With toothy smiles all around, the national chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties met last week in Washington's Mayflower hotel, shook hands almost as though they meant it, signed a pledge against playing dirty campaign pool this year—and immediately began whacking each other with the pool cues.

Brought together by the well-meaning Fair Campaign Practices Committee Inc. and its well-meaning chairman, Cincinnati's Mayor Charles P. Taft (brother of the late U.S. Senator Robert Taft), Democrat Paul Butler and Republican Len Hall signed, with telegenic flourishes, a fair-play code: "I shall condemn any dishonest or unethical practice." etc., etc. Then, while...

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