WITH ARMOR OF SHINING IDEALISM, the New Dealers, spearheaded by the braintrusters, moved into Washington, shouting in effect, "We shall make America over." They were an indefatigable group who worked all hours of the day and night. For the most part young men, they approached every problem as clever college professors. They argued, conferred, maneuvered, with the greatest enthusiasm. To have a chance to put some of their ideas into practice was the realization of a dream that has haunted students for years.
They were ridiculed unmercifully, but they brought a much-needed new approach to government--technical, competent men, interested in good administration for its own sake. Because few of them had official Congressional backing, drawing their power from the executive, they were seriously handicapped. It is not effusive to say that they truly understood the complexities of modern government which will never be able to function properly unless such technicians are officially attached.