U.S. At War: Power & Politics

The U.S. Senate's coalition of Republicans and Southern Democrats, only half successful in its fight against Henry Wallace, has been pointing up for a fuller victory. If they could not keep Wallace out of the Commerce Department, there was one thing they could do: keep leftish, New Dealer Aubrey Willis Williams from becoming Rural Electrification Administrator.

Last week, after a debate notable for irrelevant oratory and the bored absence of most Senators, the time came to strike. Franklin Roosevelt's nomination of Aubrey Williams was rejected, 52 to 36.

Disapproval of the lank, onetime NYAdministrator had been a foregone conclusion, but the strength of...

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