National Affairs: The General Proposes

It all sounded innocent enough at the start. Pennsylvania's leading GOPoliticos had decided to give a little dinner for Governor James H. Duff at Washington's swank 1925 F Street Club. Senator Ed Martin, who is the real Republican leader of Pennsylvania, turned up with a select group of capital headliners, including Senators Taft and Vandenberg and General Dwight Eisenhower. Aged Joe Grundy arrived from Pennsylvania with a train of lesser politicians and their wives. After a sumptuous dinner, the ladies retired and the gentlemen fired up their cigars. Then somebody suddenly dispelled the air of pleasant sociability.

The somebody was General...

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