Of all things a political party may lack —such as money, issues, an organization— the Republican Party has an acute worry over only one, a leader. Last week a number of Republicans who had been tearing their hair to think of a man, suddenly inspired, asked hopefully: "What about Owen J. Roberts?"

What inspired them was meditation on a matter cheering to many a Republican heart: Mr. Justice Roberts' opinion invalidating the Railway Pension Act (TIME, May 13) in which he held that laudable social aims are no substitute for constitutionality. A...

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