Republicans: The Party Ailment

For six weeks, Dwight Eisenhower had been soaking up the sun in Palm Desert, Calif., playing golf, working on his memoirs, and keeping his own counsel. Then, last week, he flew into Los Angeles for a round of speechmaking that proved he still had the old political magic: he stopped traffic for blocks around, flashed the grin at supporters wearing buttons that proclaimed, "I Miss Ike." packed the Hollywood Palladium for a speech at the annual Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce banquet, and drew nearly 100 to hear him talk at a Republican fund-raising dinner—at $500 a plate.

But Ike's main...

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