POLITICAL NOTES: Expected & Unexpected

One of the quietest and one of the most strident Republican members of the U.S. Senate announced last week that they will not run for re-election in 1958. The bowers-out, both of them lawyers who reached the Senate in 1944:

¶New Jersey's cautious, scholarly H. Alexander Smith, 77, moderate Republican and his party's second-ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (after Wisconsin's Wiley). The party and the Government need "younger people," Smith explained. His long-expected decision threatened to bring on the kind of political dogfight that gentle Alex Smith always tried to avoid. Already...

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