A Gnat Would Be An Elephant

Ickes, Harold L.
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p41
This article presents the author's comment on Patrick McCarran's victory over his opponent in his last election. In any event, the Senate's one and only Pat has injected himself into a new job in addition to the one he has been performing with such unfortunate results to the country. Whether he knows it or not, he has crudely encroached upon strictly executive powers. Another man might have been satisfied with requiring the United States Senate to eat out of his hand. It is safe to predict that when Pat returns to his personally-policed temporary Senate Chamber, he will again graciously permit his fellow Senators to function, after their own strange fashion, except on issues in which he has a personal or political interest. These cover a wide range, from Indian lands and the nation's oil to Nevada silver and the public grasslands.


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