It was four nights before Christmas, and all through the Senate Office Building in Washington, there was merriment and song. The bell ringer of the 1948 Republican National Convention. Ohio Senator George Bender, was giving a Christmas party; a newsman recited a parody:
'Twas Bender's night before Christmas, And all through the house, Not a politician was stirring, Not even a Lausche.
When a photographer strolled in, whispering a late item of news from George Bender's home state, a colleague counseled him compassionately: "Keep it quiet. Let's not break up the party."
Ten minutes later Mrs. Clara Terry, George Bender's secretary, broke...