National Affairs: Mortal Words

In his best high-cockalorum manner, Harry Truman sashayed through Texas, doing his bit for Jack Kennedy and the Democrats. More than 700 well-heeled Texans paid $50 a plate for a roast-beef dinner and a full serving of the old Harry in San Antonio. And Harry was steaming. "This Republican outfit doesn't know the definition of parity," he cried. "All the prices have gone down, down, down. And the damn farmers still vote the Republican ticket. They ought to have their heads examined."

Harry had a glancing blow for Dwight Eisenhower ("No Eisenhower veto ever...

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