U.S. At War: Call to Battle

Two days after Pearl Harbor, the chairmen of the Democratic and Republican Parties—Ed Flynn and Joe Martin—informed the President that they had formally agreed to adjourn politics "for the duration."

Last week "the duration" ended with a bang.

Pewter-haired, gum-champing Ed Flynn started it. Said he: ". . . No misfortune except a major military defeat could befall this country to the extent involved in the election of a Congress hostile to the President. ... It is now plain that the Republican Party is not so much interested in winning the war as ... in controlling the House of Representatives."

Homespun, placid Joe Martin...