National Affairs: Firecrackers Popping

Firecrackers popped last week in the heat generated by the bad Republican showing in California's popularity-poll primaries (TIME, June 16). Items: ¶ Republican Gubernatorial Candidate William F. Knowland announced that he would give his "wholehearted and loyal support" to the state Republican ticket in the November elections. ¶ Virtually every G.O.P. candidate—including Senatorial Candidate Goodwin J. Knight, the incumbent Governor—indicated polite but firm refusal to accept Big Bill's kindness. They prefer going it alone, since they think that Knowland's unpopular right-to-work program is hurting party chances, and furthermore, that Nominee Knowland cannot beat Democratic Nominee Pat Brown, who led him by...