By Phyllis Schlafly
A decision, no longer an Echo was once issued in thousands of copies as an assault on Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the jap Republican institution.
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Chapter Eight The Big Steal 1952 For long in advance, it was easy for everyone to see that 1952 would be a crucial election year, and a good year for Republicans. The Truman scandals, the Korean War, Communist infiltration in Government, the fact that for the first time since 1932 the GOP was not faced with an incumbent President — all these factors combined to make the Republican nomination an even greater prize than in 1948. The obvious choice was Senator Robert A. Taft, the man who was the acknowledged leader of the Republican Party in good years as well as bad, who had one of the most honorable and distinguished records of Government service of any man alive, who was respected by both friends and enemies, who was the choice of the overwhelming majority of organization Republicans.
Ike-supporter Tex McCrary himself admitted that he had used dirty tactics against Taft in that crucial primary. He said: 56 A CHOICE NOT AN ECHO "I planted people in every Taft audience. " Of course this was a loaded question, as Taft's voting record was the opposite of pro-Communist Marcantonio. 1 Taft was beset by repeated attacks that had no regard for truth and decency. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of the NEW YORK TIMES, said that his newspaper was opposing Taft's presidential nomination "because it is so frightened at the thought of Mr.
Several years before, they had plac- 54 A CHOICE NOT AN ECHO ed him in an important non-political job to keep him in the public eye, but not require him to take a stand on controversial questions such as the Taft-Hartley Act and Communists in our Government. They had installed him as President of Columbia University. With all due respect to Ike's many talents, he was not suited for this position. Yet, the kingmakers found Ike's lack of qualifications no handicap because some of the kingmakers were trustees of Columbia University.
A Choice Not an Echo: The inside story of how American Presidents are chosen by Phyllis Schlafly