National Affairs: The Struggle for Power

This week Administration Democrats were trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Unlike the Republican 80th Congress, the Democrats would organize the 82nd. The Republicans would wield a balance of power without having to answer directly for what Congress did. They had not planned it that way, but they were mightily pleased that it was to be that way.

Though the Republicans gained 30 seats in the House, the Democrats still had a majority of 36. Texas' Sam Rayburn would be re-elected Speaker, Massachusetts' John McCormack majority leader. All chairmanships would remain in Democratic hands, but the chairmen of 13 of the 19...

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