The Republican platform, like almost everything else about the G.O.P. convention, was straight Eisenhower. Mild in its criticism of the Democrats, it pointed with pride to the achievements of the last 3½ years, and broad-brushed plans for the future. In only one respect did the Platform Committee turn down a strong presidential hint: instead of the short, concise statement he would have liked, Ike and the G.O.P. delegates got a document of 13,500 words, twice the length of the 1952 Republican platform. 1,500 words longer than the 1956 Democratic effort.

Wordiness was not the...

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