A lot of things happened to the Democrats last week—none of them good. They took a terrible licking from Henry Wallace and his third party in a special election in The Bronx (see Political Notes). A Gallup poll indicated that Wallace was probably strong enough in Chicago to throw all of Illinois to the Republicans. And their own Southern revolt, which had at first seemed like the usual quadrennial fireworks, now looked more like a genuine blaze.

After 16 years of uneasy but unbeatable Democratic unity, the political patchwork which Franklin Roosevelt had...

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