Jabbing a finger toward his desk chair, Dwight Eisenhower told a recent White House visitor: "Listen, dammit, I'm going to do everything possible to keep that Jack Kennedy from sitting in this chair.''

Last week Ike left his chair and charged into his first week of active politicking with the gusto of a veteran G.I. answering chow call. The week's high point came as a drumroll of applause beat up to the speaker's dais in Chicago's Conrad Hilton Hotel. Ike flashed a Nixon-Lodge badge as big as a butter plate, grinned mightily, pumped...

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