THIRD PARTIES: The Happiness Boys

As 1,116 delegates to the Progressive Party's second annual convention headed for Chicago last week, their chattering political machine seemed on the verge of disintegrating in a cloud of steam like a vaudeville Ford of the 1920s. A faction headed by former Assistant U.S. Attorney General O. John Rogge was threatening to yank the Communists out of the driver's seat—an operation which seemed likely to shatter the weakened chassis and send Henry Wallace flying skyward in a spray of worn piston rings.

But as it turned out, the Progressive flivver was spared. The...

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