National Affairs: By Their Words

Was there a case against David Lilienthal? Thus far his principal opponents—rallying around Tennessee's Senator McKellar—had been rabid anti-New Dealers, anti-Semites, bitter foes of Government control, or men who insisted that the Atomic Energy Commission chairman should be above the suspicion they themselves had cast. Their case had been based on politics, prejudice and pork-barreling.* Last week Ohio's Senator Robert Taft thought he had other grounds for opposition.

Borrowing a phrase from Majority Leader Wallace White, he was ready to cast his vote against Lilienthal as "temperamentally unfitted to head any important Government...

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