Samuel Grafton had ceased to be carried by The
News after June 18, but he continued to write his column through
1948 and we have found about 40 columns for the remainder of the
year from other newspapers which will be included as they arise.
This date's entry finds him musing about the Democratic convention,
expressing the belief that President Truman would be nominated
despite the movement for General Eisenhower. The General could not
win the nomination for lack of organization. In modern politics,
such unorganized candidacies could not result in nominations. The
same was true of Justice William O. Douglas, who also had backing
but lacked organization. The somewhat surprising nomination of
Wendell Willkie by the Republicans in 1940 had not taken place in a
vacuum, as Mr. Willkie went to the convention with an active
organization. Even if the Democrats were convinced they could not
win with the President, his organization would enable him to obtain
the nomination on an early ballot.
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