National Affairs 1948: Independence Day Truman Elected

THE NATION Independence Day

The little old voter fooled everybody.

The experts thought they had him analyzed, charted, taped and ready for delivery. But the independent voter apparently wasn't telling anybody anything. This week he went to the polls and cast his secret ballot. In Illinois, a victorious Democratic candidate for the Senate, Paul Douglas, declared: "This is a people's victory." He was right.

Why had the voters chosen Harry Truman and given the Democrats sweeping control of both Senate and House? For a number of reasons, not the least of which was little old Harry Truman.

The President had fought a single-handed...

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