National Affairs: The Senate

In the Republican upsurge, four of the Administration's main senatorial pillars were ripped out while Robert A. ("Mr. Republican") Taft, the man the Administration most wanted to beat, won in Ohio by a spectacular majority of around 400,000. Of the Fair Deal's pillars in the Senate, Majority Leader Scott Lucas fell with the most resounding crash.

Lucas went down because Boss Jake Arvey's Chicago machine failed to deliver its usual huge Democratic majorities. Canny Jake had made a dreadful mistake; the Arvey machine had tried to ram through Dan ("Tubbo") Gilbert as Cook...

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