Sons of the Wild Jackass

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CHAPTER IV
"BIG BILL" BORAH: THE ROGUE ELEPHANT

THERE are four distinct political factions in the United States-Republicans, Democrats, Progressives and William Edgar Borah of Idaho.

The Senator himself admits and enjoys his exile and his eminence. After he had talked himself hoarse for two hours to convince Herbert Hoover that justice Benjamin N. Cardozo should be named to the Supreme Court of the United States, the President asked:

"If I name justice Cardozo, will it be satisfactory to your group?"

"Since there is only one member in my group, Mister President," replied Mr. Borah with an inward smile of satisfaction, "I can assure you that it will be satisfactory."

His Progressive colleagues also recognize that he is a spirit apart-and sometimes apathetic. Although they admire him, and achieve their triumphs more easily when his oratory serves as a barrage for more realistic arguments, they do not extend to him that same trust they give to Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska. Mr. Borah is rarely invited to their parleys, and they frequently embarrass him and wound his human vanity by staging a battle without

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