DEMOCRATS: The Wrecker

DEMOCRATS The Wrecker

On July 6, 1952, Oregon's' quick-minded, erratic Republican Senator Wayne Morse boarded the Chesapeake & Ohio's Capitol Limited, rode to Chicago to take his place among Republican dignitaries at the national nominating convention. Six days later, his feelings hurt because nobody at the convention had paid him much attention, he rode back to Washingtonton the same train, no longer a Republican. In October he made it official, declared himself an "Independent." Two years later, the Independent Party having picked up no followers, Morse declared himself a Democrat, was re-elected to the Senate...

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