National Affairs: Parade to Cape Cod

To the other residents of Hyannisport, who prize their leisure and privacy on summer-crowded Cape Cod, the invasion was a horror—gawkers trampling flower beds, teen-agers screeching, out-of-town automobiles cluttering the streets. People begged the town selectmen to set up barricades against the incoming swarms.

John F. Kennedy was beginning his campaign slowly, with his own Cape Cod estate version of Warren Harding's front-porch campaign of 1920. If he found the process relaxing, practically no one else did. But except for a brisk, one-day foray into Manhattan to patch a ritt among local Democratic...

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