The Press: Aged in Wood

In Washington, a favorite trick of politicos to undermine an opponent—or a trusting friend—is to "leak" uncomplimentary stories about him to newsmen. Last week the leak was briefly turned against Vice President Alben Barkley. The word was whispered around Washington that Alben Barkley could never run again for the vice presidency. "The old man," said one Senator, "just can't take the grind any more." Barkley, newsmen were told, hasn't even enough strength left to preside over the daily sessions of the Senate, is forced to pass out the job to other Democratic Senators....

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