Trouble at the Top

Ever since 1932, the chief job of the Democratic Party's national chairman has been to keep Southern reactionaries and the New Dealers from flying at each other's throats. Genial, hustling Jim Farley managed it with expert finesse; genial, phlegmatic Ed Flynn almost let it go by default.

Last week it appeared that Ed Flynn, who has long wanted to resign, would be eased into an ambassadorship (perhaps to Ecuador) and that Franklin Roosevelt had decided on quiet, balding Postmaster General Frank Comerford Walker to head the national committee. Franklin Roosevelt's decision would have to be formulated into a command, for neither...

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