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Image 5 of The Kentucky Kernel, October 12, 1966

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THE KENTUCKY KERNEL, LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS "Inside Report" U'ilnl.i, )e. II'. I'lMi-- .'i By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak The Bobby Boom Grows COLUMHUS, Ohio-Ju- without dictating the disposition st why Ohio Democratic leaders are rapturous over Sen. Hobert F. Kennedy these days has less to do with what he did and said on a visit to Columbus last y than how he came to be here in the first place. Its treasury empty after years of factional feuding, the Ohio Democratic Party last summer began casting about for a speaker sure to sell tickets for a campaign dinner. The first choice was not Kennedy but Vice Sat-iiivL- $30-a-pla- T$T6 "ALTHOUGH tVlblfc TOU rVWfc REVEAL HO A FECIAL TALENT President Hubert Humphrey. However, Democratic National Committee officials informed the Ohioans that at any function where Humphrey appears, half the proceeds must return with him to the national committee. The desperate financial straits of the Ohio party did not warrant any exception to this rule. Only then did Ohio invite Kennedy, who promptly accepted THERE IS KEt?TLb5bPRjQPlN&VNP." Washington Insight Mistrusting The President By JOSEPH KRAFT do so many people, here and in allied countries, not to mention the other side, mistrust the President's professions of peaceful intent in Vietnam? The answer is not that he is a cunning fellow, given to playing sly games with reporters. To believe that is to mistake a personal foible for a universal condition. The true answer is that the special feature of modern diplomacy breeds a disbelief which can only be dispelled by unambiguous clarity in the expression of objectives. That kind of clarity the President has not yet shown and, I suspect, does not feel. The special feature of modern diplomacy, of course, is the intrusion of domestic politics. What happens abroad has come to touch the lives of ordinary men in the most direct way. In democratic countries especially, but in dictatorial ones too, foreign policy can determine the rise and fall of gov ernments. Presidents, premiers and dictators, accordingly frame international actions with a nice eye to domestic consequences. They seek in foreign policy to build up their own following and to divide their opposition. It can almost be said that nowadays politics begins at the water's edge. So much so, indeed, that govWASHIXCTOX-W- hy ernments and individuals instinctively look for the domestic political motives behind any particular foreign policy move. When the domestic motive is found, or blatantly reveals itself, the credibility of the move that resulted is called into question. Thus, modern diplomacy generates everywhere a credibility problem. To be sure, the credibility problem applies with special force to current American diplomacy. But that is only because the President is unsubtle in mixing his diplomatic moves with 4 Central Kentucky's Largest USED BOOK STORE (Other Than Text) DENNIS BOOK STORE 257 N. Lime Near 3rd a domestic politics that is already open to the rest of the world. For example, consider his most prominent peace initiatives. The first bombing pause came in May 1965, on the eve of the massive Washington teach-i- n called to protest the Vietnamese war. The second pause came at a time when peace was put high on virtually all agendas by the Christmas season. And the present initiative conies in the midst of an electoral campaign. The skepticism induced by this kind of timing is only fortified by other things the President does and says, at least in part, to protect his flanks against the charge that he is soft on communism. Thus, even as he professes to want negotiations, he advances the status of South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky, a known foe of negotiations. Even as he speaks of scaling dow n the war, American troops pour in. And even as he speaks of free choice in Vietnam, he denounces the Vietcong, which has to be part of any free choice as outside aggressors aligned with Communist China. With conciliatory actions so visibly connected with short-terexigencies of domestic politics and so much offset by other actions also enjoined by domestic political considerations, it is not surprising that the other side remains suspicious. It is plain that to break down suspicion, the President will visibly have to disengage his diplomacy from the calculus of domestic political advantage. m Specifically, he will have to carry the current peace initiative well past the congressional elections. He will have to use the Manila meeting, not us a sounding board for building up Marshal and thus vindicating past policies, but as a bridge to a w ider concert of Asian countries, Ky WATCHES DIAMONDS including India and Japan. Most important of all, he will have to move beyond the sterile denunciations of Communist aggression to an emphasis on the local problems that have created what is in no small measure a civil war in South Vietnam. The last point is the true touchstone. Only by single-minde- d effort on the need to improve local conditions in Vietnam can the President make a strong appeal to the other side. Only by that emphasis can he give a true lead to American public opinion so as to provide insulation against fidgetiness and impatience which yield gusts of pressure for escalation. Finally, it is only in that way that he can clarify what is perhaps the deepest mystery which is how he himself sees the outcome in Vietnam. when, turning to Kennedy, he declared: "We welcome you here tonight as a future President of the United States." The party leaders here who so fully share Young's sentiments are turning to Kennedy in re- of the dinner's proceeds (which turned out to be in excess of $100,000). Although Humphrey was victim rather than author of the national committee s rule, the incident hurt his standing-Ju- st as it helped Kennedy's among Ohio party leaders. Indeed, Kennedy's remarkable strength among party leaders in pivotal industrial states such as Ohio is in great part the reverse function of President Johnson's and Vice President Humphrey's weakness among them. Moreover, this helps explain the phenomenal popularity of Hobby Kennedy among voters. The Hobby boom simply could not have happened had the Johnson-Humphre- y team not been slipping. There was a decided r aura to Kennedy's visit here. Few speakers invoked Jolm son's name during the dinner at the state fair grounds. Kennedy's own address action to massive indifference from the Johnson-ruDemocratic National Committee. They complain ptixatel) that no help comes from Washington these days. A typical irritation: One congressional candidate in Ohio has been negotiating unsuccessfully n for months with the national committee to get a routine letter of endorsement from the President. The impression of a Kennedy boom is bolstered by his own veteran team of advance men. The big welcoming crowd at the airport was turned out by chartered buses sent to the Ohio State University campus. When local leaders planned an outdoor rally for Kennedy, chief advance man Jerry Bruno vetoed it on the grounds that too small a crowd would draw unfavorable rank-and-fi- anti-Johnsfive-hou- attacked the eood campaign theme of the President. To be sure. Democratic politicians here have no such taste for any Kennedy presidential attempt against Johnson in 1968. Hut at the dinner, Sen. Stephen Young evoked boisterous cheers SOMETHING "anonai puouciiy. 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