ELECTIONS: Ground Swell

The big news out of last week's elections was that Republicans can win the Presidency in 1944, Franklin Roosevelt or no. Hardly a political commentator of repute disagreed. For the first time in eleven years, Democrats were genuinely on the defensive—except, seemingly, Franklin Roosevelt.

Asked about the results at his press conference, the President was ready. Chuckling, he said he was interested in the returns from Italy, the South Pacific and China.

Slow, steady Republican gains, which began in 1938, had reached groundswell proportions. (In each election since, Republicans underestimated their strength—as...

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