DEMOCRATS: Whoops & History

In 1953, Washington was a Republican town, and, therefore, there was no Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. At least that was the explanation Democrats gave themselves last week as they sat down to the 1954 Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner—in Washington. In the Mayflower Hotel, ballroom, 1,450 Democrats, each of them $100 the poorer for the privilege, agreed that Republicans know nothing about running a government.

This new Democratic self-confidence causes Party Chairman Steve Mitchell to worry. He thinks all Democratic candidates should run scared this fall; that way the party will sustain activity at the local level. But at the dinner Mitchell seemed...

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