National Affairs: What Hit Him?

What had happened to Harold Stassen in the Nebraska primary? He had invaded the state, asked Nebraska Republicans to repudiate old-line, isolationist Senator Hugh Butler, and give the G.O.P. senatorial nomination to liberal Governor Dwight Griswold. The result: a landslide for Butler. Had presidential aspirant Stassen dived under a steamroller or just got his finger caught in a wringer?

Hard-shell Republicans were confident that he had been rolled out flatter than a gingerbread man. With a spuriously funereal air, the Chicago Tribune published his political obituary: "There was nothing left of Harold, his presumptions or his platform. The result is immensely gratifying...