National Affairs: The Job

When a man offers to do an important job, it is scarcely unreasonable of the men who want the job done to ask how he proposes to do it.

To demonstrate how Alfred Emanuel Smith might return the Democratic Party to power in the land, proponents of the Brown Derby argued at Houston as follows:

There are 531 electoral votes.

It takes 266 to elect.

If the Solid South—States which never have gone Republican—would stand by Smith, he would have 114 votes (Alabama, 12; Arkansas, 9; Florida, 6; Georgia, 14; Louisiana, 10; Mississippi, 10; North Carolina, 12; South Carolina, 9; Texas, 20; Virginia, 12).

Smith's prime...