National Affairs: The Democracy

The "opposition" of the U. S. took stock of itself. In failing to win the Presidency, it had lost practically all its power in Congress. Its House minority was 100 seats. In the Senate it was 17 seats behind. It was almost as though the 15 millions who voted for Smith were left without any voice in the doings of the 21 millions who voted for Hoover.

One certain Democrat was responsible at once for the hugeness of the Democracy's popular vote and for the Democracy's internal division. He was the strongest Democrat. He...