National Affairs: Very, Very Close

In the House, too, a coalition of Republicans and Southern Democrats tirelessly pecked and burrowed away at Harry Truman's Fair Deal, item by item. Last week the item was rent control. The Administration wanted it extended until March 1951. Republicans argued instead for a wait-&-see extension to run only until July 1. Dixiecrat E. E. ("Goober") Cox of Georgia was blunter: "Continue controls for 90 days and then have the whole thing thrown out the window."

Scrambling wildly for safety, Administration leaders threw up one compromise after another. As the bill reached the House floor, Housing Expediter Tighe Woods tactfully let it...