THE "DO-NOTHING" CONGRESS
BECOMES A CAMPAIGN ISSUE
CHARLES HALLECK, House majority leader of the Eightieth Congress, is quoted as saying, "It always galls me to think that Harry Truman won in 1948 by attacking the Congress which gave him his place in history." 1 Truman used the "Do-Nothing Eightieth Congress" as a whipping boy in the campaign of 1948 to arouse the American people into voting for him and the Democratic party; the Taft‐ Hartley Act was one of the major issues he used in castigating this Congress. Thus when the Republican Eightieth Congress altered the national labor policy over the veto of President Truman, it created a political nemesis that was to play a tremendous role in snatching almost certain victory from the Republican presidential candidate in 1948.
Although the act went into effect on August 22, 1947, it did not actually become much of a political issue until the campaign of 1948. There were a few actions and comments____________________