Two facts which had been almost completely overlooked before the election now stood out like very sore thumbs: 1) labor voted in droves against the Taft-Hartley law and worked quietly but feverishly to sell the Democratic ticket to everyone in sight; 2) many farmers, who had been expected to vote Republican as usual, voted for Harry Truman instead. Between them they caught the Republicans in an implacable crossfire.

Side by Side. There was no doubt about labor's part. Its politicos worked quietly, kept their names out of the papers, deliberately played down...

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