They Face the People

The Congressmen, nearly all 531 of them, had gone home to face their constituents. What did they find? Were the people angry with them because they had struck many a shrewd blow at Franklin Roosevelt and his Administration? Or were the citizens impatient because they had not struck harder and better-aimed blows? On the answers hung great thingsĀ—most especially, the elections of 1944.

In the big cities, Congressmen slipped back almost unnoticed. Boston newspapers all but ignored Majority Leader John McCormack, who hurried up to the White Mountains, and Minority Leader Joseph W....

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