National Affairs: The Key to the White House

In a way, Harry Truman is as embarrassing a campaign problem for the Democrats as Joe McCarthy is for the Republicans. Last week, just by standing pat on his record (and digging in his heels a little), the President squeezed a stream of careful explanations out of his own party's candidate.

It began with Adlai Stevenson's written reply to a question posed by the Oregon Journal: "Can Stevenson really clean up the mess in Washington?" The reply, published in the Journal, read: "As to whether I can clean up the mess in Washington, I...

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