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Do the Voters Want Moderation?
The Politics of Evasion

- Abstract

The approaching election is knotted in a bundle of striking paradoxes. The Democratic position as majority party has scarcely been shaken; yet President Eisenhower seems destined to be reelected. The campaign promises to be as acrimonious as any in the past twenty years; yet the administration depends for Congressional support upon its opponents. The domestic and foreign issues of the next four years are momentous; yet an overpowering sense of apathy benumbs those who will go to the polls in November. Finally, the rival candidates are moderate men closer to each other than to the extreme elements among their own followers; yet each has closed ranks with his party and reserves his fire not for the dissidents with whom he disagrees, but for the opposition with whom he agrees.

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