National Affairs: Man in a New Hat

In Cincinnati, several days after the election, Senator Taft tried on a new, grey-blue fedora—a present from his office staff to replace the old, grey good-luck hat which he had worn in his Ohio campaign. The new fedora was symbolic; politically speaking, Robert Alphonso Taft also wore a new hat. When the 82nd Congress convenes, no man in the U.S., including Truman, will exercise more influence on legislation.

What was going on under the hat?

How Stiff? Ohio's Taft had frequently been tagged an isolationist. Said he in an interview with TIME: "My criticism of...

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