National Affairs: The Crack-Up

The most telling blow to the reeling Democrats was the breakdown of their big-city machines.

Big Ed Kelly had held Chicago in his ham-handed fist for a dozen years. But last week his grip was so flabby that the Democrats lost, besides four Congressmen, two key county officers. The city simply could not pile up the plurality to outweigh the Republican suburbs in Cook County. With a Republican treasurer and Republican sheriff handing out Republican patronage, next April might well see a Republican in City Hall.

In New Jersey, the pattern was the same. Red-faced, stiff-collared Mayor Frank Hague of Jersey City had...

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