National Affairs: Potent Opponent

In 1922, there died Senator Thomas E. Watson of Georgia, able blatherskite, onetime running mate of Presidential runner-up William Jennings Bryan. Georgia Democrats elected as his successor one Walter Franklin George. Soon thereafter Washington correspondents, led by Clinton W. ("Mirror") Gilbert and Mark Sullivan, cheered loudly for Senator George. At 44, he was a distinguished lawyer, brilliant orator, a rather impressive figure on the Senate floor. He was no bombaster of the Tom Heflin school, no ranting humorist of the Pat Harrison species. His popularity grew; people began to say that the South...

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