THE GREAT DICHOTOMY
As the war began, Vice President Henry Wallace was the most frustrated man in Washington, D.C. After anointing him as his liberal heir in 1940, FDR had done little to give the vice president a role. Day after day, Wallace dozed on the dais of the Senate while the members orated. After a few months he began handing over the chairman's gavel to any solon willing to play president pro tem. Wallace devoted himself to studying the defense program with the help of specialists in the various agencies and departments.
The gangling Iowan was grateful to Roosevelt for making him vice president but he had no illusions about his party's leader. In 1940, Jim Farley, irked at the cat and mouse game the president was playing with him about running for a third term, told Wallace that Roosevelt was a sadist. "Farley was incorrect," Wallace told his diary. "Although there is a certain amount of that element [sadism] in his nature. The predominant element, however, is the desire to be the dominating figure, to demonstrate on all