The Ghost Walks

The Congressional revolt against Government-by-directive had gone so far last week that Pundit Walter Lippmann, a man not easily frightened, saw a ghost, a specter out of some of the blackest days of U.S. history. What frightened Mr. Lippmann were "monstrosities" like the McKellar patronage grab bill.* The ghost he summoned up was that of Thaddeus Stevens.

When John Wilkes Booth's bullet shattered Abraham Lincoln's skull, Lincoln was a lesser leader of the Republican Party than Thaddeus Stevens. Known as The Great Commoner, Stevens was then over 70, the House Republican leader, a scholar and...

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