National Affairs: You Can't Win

During a routinely optimistic election forecast last week, Republican Chairman Guy Gabrielson observed that in Nevada the party had high hopes of dethroning lordly, white-haired old (74) Senator Pat McCarran. A reporter asked why, and Gabrielson explained: "It's his New Deal voting record."

The reporters laughed, and Gabrielson, after thinking over his words, joined in. For Democrat McCarran, during his 18 years in the Senate, had been about as fond of New and Fair Deal medicines as Carrie Nation was of bourbon. Before the 1938 primaries, when F.D.R. himself went inland to have his say on candidates, he visited Nevada, but...

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