JOHNSON: AN OLD-FASHIONED PROGRESSIVE
HIRAM JOHNSON has been for twenty years, and still is, the frozen asset of American Progressives.
It may be too late, and he may be too old and disillusioned, but he is still their most martial figure. Barring Borah, whom he once dubbed our "spearless leader," he can command a more loyal political soldiery than any other potential presidential candidate on an independent ticket.
He has only himself to thank that the great moment for which Progressives pray was not vouch- safed unto him. His career is a study in the what- might-have-been. . . .
There came to him on several notable occasions such opportunities as are presented to few men. Could he have divested himself of his melancholia, his intense convictions, his deep and personal hatreds, his fierce spirit of independence, his bellicose nature and his high scruples, he might have been President of the United States. Even more important, he might have given a different and finer direction to national forces in those first, fateful, post-war years.
No man was better equipped than he to carry on the liberal cause from the point where his one and