National Affairs: A Man Who Understands

Only a polite ripple of applause greeted Frank E. McKinney of Indianapolis when he strode down the aisle in Washington's Mayflower Hotel to accept Bill Boyle's old job of chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As far as the national committeemen could tell last week, big Frank McKinney looked like Boyle and walked like Boyle. Like Boyle, he was a Midwesterner, an Irish Catholic, a machine Democrat, and Harry Truman's hand-picked choice for the job. But the Democrats soon discovered that Frank McKinney didn't talk like Boyle.

"I can assure you," he said, while...

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