THE CAPITAL: Savage Illogic

In swiftly confirming Secretary of State Christian Herter, the Senate acted with flawless logic: delay and quibbling might damage Herter's effectiveness as Secretary and thus damage the U.S. too. With a savage lack of the same logic, some Democratic Senators have dawdled with other presidential appointments far beyond the point of legitimate fact-finding—at the risk of damaging the appointee's effectiveness. Classic case: the President's nomination of Lewis Strauss, onetime (1953-58) Atomic Energy Commission chairman, to be Secretary of Commerce.

The nomination of Lewis Strauss went before the Senate's Interstate and Foreign...

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