THE PRESIDENCY: Whose Show?

Mr. Truman had written the words & music. All the 81st Congress had to do was to follow his score. The Fair Deal Fiesta, a grand and expensively produced show, should have been swinging along tunefully, heading toward the grand finale, in which the Republicans in Congress were vanquished, the cast sang "hallelujah," and Mr. Truman, author, took his bows.

Instead, the curtain had gone up on a slow first act in which Speaker Sam Rayburn and Majority Leader Scott Lucas had run off one or two minor legislative routines. The pace should...

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