POLITICAL NOTES: The Pot Boils, Oct. 4, 1948

As the excited belling of presidential candidates drew nearer & louder last week, assorted listeners rose in public to state their choice and take their stand

¶ To H. L. Mencken, who cares for nobody, except for the laughs, the whole race looked satisfactorily scandalous. He described President Truman as a "shabby mountebank," Tom Dewey as a "limber trimmer," announced that Henry Wallace had manifestly lost "what little sense he had formerly, if indeed, he ever had any at all." He grudgingly admitted that Socialist Norman Thomas seemed to have some brains, but wrote him off immediately. He thought Dixiecrat...

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