The MacArthur Candidacy

In the free-spoken, never-adjourned town meeting which the vast American democracy tries to resemble, one subject that had long been on people's minds had never, until last week, been put squarely on the agenda. That was the Presidential candidacy of General Douglas MacArthur.

For a year and more the polls had shown MacArthur to be a likely contender. There could be no doubt that hundreds of thousands of plain people (without much ideology) thought highly of him. But still the figurative chairman of the ail-American town meeting never let him become the...

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