National Affairs: Nice Guy Finishes First

In California, Republican Thomas Kuchel had a reputation as a nice guy and a solid but thoroughly unspectacular member of the U.S. Senate. Apart from his grip on President Eisenhower's coattails, Kuchel was hardly considered a match for fast-talking, matinee idolish Democrat Richard Richards. Last week Tom Kuchel walloped Richard Richards by more than 400,000 votes. The size of his victory indicated that he had won on his own, not on Ike's coattails. And it contradicted the maxim of latter-day fellow Californian Leo Durocher, who once said positively: "Nice guys finish last."


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