REPUBLICANS: Happiness Through Health

Around the tables in the Continental Room of Washington's Sheraton-Park Hotel, the state leaders of the Republican Party tried hard to hide their optimism behind worried looks and diffident words. But in foot-high letters, mounted on a red plush drape, a sign proclaimed the state of the nation: "Everything's Booming but the Guns."

Under way was a four-day clinic for G.O.P. state chairmen, aimed at teaching them how best to sell their product—Dwight Eisenhower—in 1956. The chairmen themselves were cause for additional Republican satisfaction. Under the Eisenhower leadership, the grizzled, opposition-minded G.O.P. pols of past years have to a large...

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