National Affairs: Shuffled Furniture

The light on ex-Senator Joe Ball's telephone flashed with an incoming call one day last week but there was no answer. Joe Ball's old Senate office was empty; the name plate had been taken off the door, and Joe was gone. So were a lot of other Republicans. All around the vaulted, marble buildings on top of Capitol Hill the Democrats were moving in.

For the Democrats it was a triumphant week. Once again they were in charge of the congressional household which they had dominated for 14 years, from 1933 to 1947. There was more than office furniture to be moved...

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