Nation: President Nixon Takes a Democrat

A PRESIDENT is likely to have something political up his sleeve when he takes the rare step of picking a man from the other party for his Cabinet. Dwight Eisenhower installed Martin Durkin, head of the plumbers' union, as Secretary of Labor in 1953 partly as a gesture to his blue-collar backers. John Kennedy brought in Douglas Dillon for the Treasury because Dillon was a pillar of the New York financial community, which habitually mistrusts Democratic hands in the national till. Neither of those appointments, however, was quite the bombshell that Richard Nixon exploded last week when he strode to the...

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