Before the G.O.P. Lay a Forked Road

Bettmann / CORBIS

A polling place in Port Washington, New York, November 04, 1942

In the secrecy of their voting booths the American people last week brought about a sweep for an opposition party the like of which the country had not seen since the depression-ridden days of 1930. It was interesting but idle to speculate on what might have happened had the elections been held this week, after the sweeping, magnificently planned assault on Africa. But the democratic process had once more been observed, the people had judged, and the Republican Party became almost co-equal in power with the Democrats.

In a light vote, but one that had an almost uniform pattern...

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