National Affairs: Third Party?

Cautious and deliberate by nature, A.F.L.-C.I.O. President George Meany has a terrible temper when pressed—and Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield pressed him. Unless businessmen get into politics, Republican Summerfield warned the National Association of Manufacturers fortnight ago, "candidates hand-picked by union bosses and elected by the campaign activities directed by union bosses will come to dominate the halls of Congress and, Heaven forbid, eventually perhaps the White House itself."

Replying amid wild applause ("Pour it on, George!") at the first convention of the merged New York A.F.L.-C.I.O., Meany last week dismissed Summerfield as "a little ward heeler from Detroit." Then he made his...

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