Henry Wallace was miles away, but he caused quite a commotion in Los Angeles last week.

The county's Democratic Central Committee met there to steer its course for 1948. Perhaps no political organization has fewer inhibitions or more inner tensions than the Central Committee. Its 225 members are a rare assortment of Upton Sinclairites, Socialists, Communists, PCAsters, Hollywood leftists, Roosevelt New Dealers and Ed Pauley conservatives. Their meeting was not serene.

Chairman Rollin McNitt, a needle-nosed lawyer who was once a Republican, began with a demand that each committeeman sign a pledge dedicating all his 1948 campaign work to the nominees...

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