National Affairs: War and Peace

The artifice of paradox is essential to the art of politics. Desiring peace among themselves, the Democrats dined together last week in the name of their greatest fighter—Andrew Jackson. Desiring to unite behind one man and on one platform, they suppressed their enthusiasm for their most popular man—Alfred Emanuel Smith, who was not present—and they tiptoed across a central plank in his platform—Prohibition, which loomed in the minds of all.

They met in the ballroom of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. When crowds of ticket-holders had been...

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