The 82nd Congress, which concluded a ten-month session last week, has a mixed and contradictory record, hard to assess in the familiar pattern of two-party politics. In fact, Congress in 1951 demonstrated a marked further decline in the two-party system.
The record of the 82nd can best be understood in terms of the relationships of four voting groups to three areas of legislation. The groups:
1) The Fair Deal Democrats, nominally led by Harry Truman, knew that they could not get his domestic program through, and made no real fight for it.