National Affairs: A Three-Cornered Contest

An entire week was spent by the House in selecting its committees because the organization of the House is based on the two-party system and there were actually three parties in the field. A Republican committee and a Democratic committee each named a slate for committee places. Then each slate was submitted to a party caucus and approved.

But in the approval there was more than met the eye. The Republican insurgents —a minority in the Republican caucus, but possessors of the balance of power in the House—dissented from the committee selections. They especially...

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