California: Just Call Him Senator

Forget about all those other labels-the old song and dance man, the late-late-late-show good guy, Moppet Shirley Temple's straight man. From now on, just call George Murphy "Senator." He has more than earned the right and the job.

Murphy's victory last week over short-term Incumbent Democrat Pierre Salinger was a classic study in how to handle the California electorate. Democrats there outnumber Republicans 3 to 2. To rate even the thinnest chance of winning, Murphy not only had to hold onto all factions of the G.O.P., from rabid-right kooks to solid moderates, he...