National Affairs: Change v. Rigidity

The day after election, Arkansas' Senator J. William Fulbright stirred up a hornet's nest. In Philadelphia, venerable birthplace of the Constitution, Democrat Fulbright made a bold suggestion. The Republicans had captured Congress; why not let them take over completely? Said he:

"President Truman should appoint a Republican Secretary of State and resign from office. . . . The Constitution provides for the Secretary of State to succeed the President when there is no Vice President. . . . It will place the responsibility of running the Government on one party and prevent a stalemate."

Democrats and Republicans leaped to protest in unison. An...

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