When Wisconsin's long-ailing Progressive Party died of malnutrition last spring (TIME, March 25), Progressive Senator Robert M. LaFollette hastily jumped back to the Republican fold. Wisconsin's old line G.O.P. stalwarts cried that he was just a New Deal wolf in ersatz wool. Republican State Chairman Tom Coleman began stringing barbed wire at the political water holes, vowed to keep the last of the LaFollettes off the G.O.P. ticket.

Last week, on the eve of the G.O.P. state convention, these reactionary activities were rebuked by Senator Robert A. Taft, currently the mastermind of Republican...

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