National Affairs: Forcing Down a Plum

The Republican Party last week demonstrated the way to force-feed a U.S. Senator with a patronage plum. The reluctant Senator: Idaho Republican Henry Dworshak. The plum: a new federal judgeship in Idaho.

Idaho's other Senator, Republican Herman Welker, created the job by writing it into a judiciary committee bill. Then he began to push for the appointment of his old campaign manager, Fred Taylor. Since the Eisenhower Administration owes nothing to Welker, who often bolts party ranks on important votes, Attorney General Herbert Brownell asked Senior Senator Dworshak to name a man for the job. Dworshak startled everyone by insisting that 1)...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!