National Affairs: Purging Primaries

Of the 32 Senators up for re-election this year, 29 are Democrats. Of these 29 Democrats, nine are out of favor with Franklin Roosevelt, chiefly for opposing last year's Supreme Court bill. Nonconforming Democrats loudly accuse the President of planning to purge them from the Party. The Roosevelt reasoning is supposed to be that, since some Senate seats must probably be lost anyway, he would be wise to pick even losing nominees, in order to retain control of State machinery for the more important political year of 1540. Best evidence for this accusation...

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