National Affairs: Explanations

Republicans, who thought they were in the know before Nov. 2, had a variety of explanations for what hit them. Most of them seemed to add up to the fact that they, themselves, were to blame.

¶ Governor Thomas E. Dewey (at Albany) : "I was quite surprised by the very low vote. It looks as though two or three million Republicans stayed home, out of overconfidence. That one fact stands out from the returns so far."

¶ Speaker Joseph W. Martin Jr.: "The Republican Party digressed too far from the people. We offered them too many Brahmins: too many plutocrats. I have...

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