Franklin Roosevelt last week suffered the worst defeat that he has met since entering the White House. Defeat could hardly have stung so much even on that November morning 17 years ago when he awoke to find that nearly two Americans out of three preferred Calvin Coolidge to Franklin Roosevelt for Vice President—or at least Harding to Cox for President. This stung partly because he was now used to victory, partly because ill-advised advisers had kept him, to the last, confident of victory. Even when Vice President Garner convinced him that his Court...

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