On the first day of the session, G.O.P. Senators quietly elected a new floor leader to succeed Nebraska's late Senator Kenneth Wherry. Their choice, by a vote of 26 to 15: New Hampshire's Styles Bridges, whom Bob Taft and other Republican Senators had agreed upon after Wherry's funeral (TiME, Dec. 17). The minority, led by Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., had hoped to elect Massachusetts' Leverett Saltonstall, a firm Eisenhower supporter. No one, however, was offended by the selection of Bridges. Not yet pledged to any candidate, he has the respect of both...

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