National Affairs: Democracy at Work

Political dopesters outside Virginia had bet on flop-eared, wing-collared Representative Howard W. Smith to succeed to the Senate seat of the late Carter Glass. Howard Smith, archfoe of labor unions, was a national figure, openly sought the post and was a member in good standing of Senator Harry F. Byrd's all-powerful state machine.

But at the Democratic Convention in Richmond last week Senator Byrd advertised his neutrality He could afford the unusual luxury: all seven contenders for the Senate seat were dead true to the boss.

In these happy circumstances delegates voted freely. After jockeying about with old-fashioned gusto, the convention picked not...

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