REPUBLICANS: Happy Birthday to Ike

Tom Dewey looked a television camera in the eye one afternoon this week and quietly set 1952 Republican presidential preliminaries spinning like a helicopter rotor. Announcing with a studied choice of words that he was out of the race for the presidency in 1952, he went on to make a bigger Page One story: Tom Dewey was for General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"I will under no circumstances that I can conceive of or that would possibly exist, accept the nomination for President in 1952," he told a questioner on NBC's Meet the Press show, "and I doubt if there is...

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