It was after midnight when the vote came. And then by a 53-to-15 vote, the Senate decisively rejected the nomination of New Dealer Leland Olds for a third term on the Federal Power Commission.
It was the most crushing defeat President Truman has yet taken on a nomination.
Harry Truman had not helped matters by trying to apply the political thumbscrews to reluctant Democrats, after Olds had been unanimously rejected in subcommittee.
So skilled a congressional vote counter as Harry Truman knew that Olds had no chance. But since Olds had the undying opposition of the power lobby, the President was able...