National Affairs: The Treatment

Knives were flashing in Washington. A new victim had drawn into sight: Alan Valentine, the newly appointed Economic Stabilization director. He had been promisingly launched as a sensible educator, a middle-of-the-road businessman, a Quaker and a Rhodes scholar. Then the Potomac knife throwers went to work. Their efforts provided a fascinating peek at how such things work in the nation's capital.

Fair Dealers and their C.I.O. buddies dug out his speeches, reread old articles, measured him for the target board and found him a perfect fit. He had once pronounced the New Deal's welfare...