National Affairs: He Who Smiles Last

No one really disliked New Jersey's junior U.S. Senator, Robert Hendrickson, but he was considered a political deadweight. Private polls showed that he could not win the general election in November, and perhaps not even the primary. The G.O.P. turned on the pressure, urged him to withdraw in favor of able ex-Congressman Clifford Case. Finally, party leaders told Hendrickson bluntly that he must go —but let him know that such unselfish sacrifice would not be forgotten. Hurt, and a little bewildered, Hendrickson withdrew this spring. Thus Case was assured the Republican nomination.

Not long after these careful arrangements were made, the New...

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