U.S. At War: Every Democrat for Himself

Oklahoma has almost, but never quite elected a Republican Governor. But in national politics the Sooner State has twice strayed from the Democratic reservation (Harding and Hoover).

The fear that the next big Republican wind might be a tornado has long disturbed Democratic officeholders in Oklahoma. Since 1928 they have been busily digging a storm cellar.

Last week lanky Irving Dilliard reported in the New Republic on a trip through Oklahoma, checked the Democrats' work. When Herbert Hoover's 1928 victory swept Republicans into State jobs, the Democratic legislative majority promptly put through a law separating the Presidential ticket from State office ballots, so...