National Affairs: Unhappy Has-Beens

In the fifth-floor Founders Room of Detroit's Book-Cadillac Hotel assembled last week a group of Democrats burning to pronounce a malediction on the New Deal. They included Missouri's onetime Senator James A. Reed, Woodrow Wilson's onetime Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, Massachusetts' onetime Governor Joseph B. Ely, Col. Henry Breckenridge, who ran this year in many a primary as an anti-Roosevelt Democrat, Joseph W. Bailey Jr., son of Texas' late great Senator, some twoscore political has-beens. Virtually every anti-Roosevelt Democrat who still has political ambitions stayed discreetly away.

Democrat Reed, rheumatic and weak...

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