U.S. At War: Exit Ed Flynn

This week Franklin Roosevelt suffered his worst political defeat since an irate Congress forced him to backtrack on packing the Supreme Court in 1937. What had at first seemed like a minor political revolt against his nomination of ex-Democratic National Chairman Edward J. Flynn as Minister to Australia turned into a rout. Faced with certain Senate rejection, Ed Flynn asked that his name be withdrawn. The President complied.

Said Ed Flynn: "I am unwilling to permit my candidacy to be made the excuse for partisan political debate in the Senate. . . . What happens to me is of no importance....

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