POLITICAL NOTES: Shouts & Murmurs

The voters might not be thinking very seriously yet about 1948, but many a politician was.

¶In Massachusetts, Joe Martin climbed into his black Cadillac, began his usual circuit-riding around the 63 communities he represents, listened to ideas, complaints and gossip, made careful notes of it all. Speaker Martin, who might pop up as a compromise candidate in case of a complete deadlock at the Republican presidential convention, also announced that he too, like Tom Dewey and Bob Taft, would take a trip through the West. Who had suggested the tour? Some Congressmen. Any political significance? None, said poker-faced Joe...

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