REPUBLICANS: New Chairman?

Ranged around their long, six-sided White House table, the President of the U.S. and his Cabinet listened attentively as the slender, curly-haired visitor got up to speak. The time: midsummer 1958. The man: Republican National Chairman Meade Alcorn. Gist of his remarks: a pessimistic forecast of November's congressional elections unless something was done.

Alcorn knew what to do. Said he: "Mr. President, I strongly suggest you make a speech on Labor Day in which you recall the Congress and promise to keep the Congress in session until adequate labor-reform legislation is passed....

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