DEMOCRATS: Mink & Orchids

With the 1950 elections in the offing, the Democrats swore that their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner would be the most stupendous political clambake of all time—a combination revival meeting and war dance calculated not only to inflame the faithful and extract $100 from each, but to terrorize and stupefy the G.O.P. By the appointed night last week, there could be no denying that they had indeed engineered something almost comparable to the Burning of Rome.

Washington's echoing, four-acre National Guard Armory was bedizened with a staggering yardage of red, white & blue bunting, surmounted by enormous photo murals (including one of...

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