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And Now Where?,

INSTEAD OF WHO, the question now is
Since we know who, and by how much,
ve can go on and try to figure out just what
will happen during the Truman administra-
This question is going to interest a lot
of people. Businessmen, (the stock market
dropped eight points the day after elec-
tion) will want to know if they can still
expect profits, workers will want to know
what will happen to the Taft-Hartley
Act, the minorities will be interested, to
say the least, in Truman's civil rights pro-
gram, the people who live along the Mis-
sissippi valley will wonder about an MV4
and on and on.
Truman has made no promises. He has
campaigned on about an issue and a half-
the defects of the Eightieth Congress with
the ghost of the New Deal in the back-
The last chance that real conservatism
had in this country, barring a Truman ca-
tastrophe, has passed. The next years should
shape up something like this:
Foreign policy-Marshall will resign and
the "get tough with Russia" policy will be
modified slightly, but not enough to cause
the abandonment of the draft. But the
Eighty-First Congress will not renew it.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

Atomic energy-Lilienthal will secure re-
appointment to the top post and the atom
will stay as it should be, a strictly govern-
mental proposition.
Red hunts-J. Parnell Thomas will be in
for a rough time. The justice department
investigation of his payroll, put off until
after the election, should begin full blast.
Liberals can be liberals without as much
fear of the Communist label.
Civil rights-No FEPC, but other phases
of the report of Truman's Committee on
Civil Rights will be backed up by legisla-
tion. Probably an anti-poll tax bill or amend-
Conservation-Government lands will re-
main intact, including the tidelands oil
areas. More aid to the farmer will come out
of the program.
Inflation-Probably not much action for
a while, but price controls or their equal
if things keep on up and up.
Taxes-Will not come down as long as
the boom continues. The basically sound
plan of paying your debts when you -
are making money will be adopted.
Unions-The Taft-Hartley Act will be re-
pealed or at least shorn of the unworkable
parts. Parts of the act which have not
caused the grief that Truman claimed dur-
ing the. campaign will be kept, or if the act
is scrapped, will be reinstituted.
Other New Dealish measures will be
adopted, or at least seriously considered by
the freest man who has taken the White
House in many a year.
On the whole, barring a Truman blunder
of the first magnitude, it looks like some
good years for the liberals.
-Al Blumrosen.

Prime Force
been granted the most magnificent civil
responsibility that man can hope to attain.
Though many have been entrusted with
the leadership of the world's greatest na-
tion-and thus entrusted with the wel-
fare of the world, never before in our time
has any man approached the presidency
so utterly unfettered by party ties or other
political commitments.
Six months ago, Harry Truman stood
alone and asked that he might continue in
the presidency. He faced bitter denunciation
by the most influential men of his own
party. He had for two years borne popular
abuse which frequently came from a ma-
jority of the people.
Nevertheless, by the grace of political fate,
he recevied his party's grudging nomina-
tion; statesmen were hard to find in 1948.
From the outset of the campaign, Harry
Truman himself was effectively the only
man who had faith in Harry Truman.
Whether inspired by political naivete or
b'y a strange insight, he carried his cause
to the people with seldom seen devotion.
And though his campaign was certainly
not beyond reproach, he somehow found
in himself that indefinably popular appeal
that wins elections.
As the campaign dragged on, the bosses
and other party low-life gradually returned
to the fold. They saw in Truman their only
chance, however feeble, to regain any degree
of political power.
And now that Harry Truman-thanks to
no one's efforts but his own-is still Presi-
dent, we may expect to witness the disgust-
ing spectacle of the southern bigots crawling
back into the circle of political power.
As the horrors of a political campaign
pass and are forgotten, several facts stand
forth brilliantly:
Harry Truman is a politically free man.
He is responsible only to the voters who
expressed their faith in him.
Harry Truman, therefore speaking for a
free electorate, will in the next four years
be the prime force in shaping the future
of two-billion human beings.
-Bob White.

"Now Does Everybody Understand Who's President?"

Letters to the Editor ...



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Post-Election Comment

Voting Facilities

DAILY REPORTERS covering the local
elections were surprised at the long lines
at the polling places and quickly assumed
that voting records would be completely
Citizens stood from one to three hours
before their turn to vote arrived. Hundreds
of factory workers and business people had
to drop out of line because they stood to
lose too much pay.
Normally a short line is expected after
polls close at 8 p.m. But this time the
lines were so long, it was 11 p.m. before
some election officials could begin tally-
ing the results.
Even then their job was complicated
by the hugeness of the electorate in each
of the city's ten precincts. And the neces-
sity of saving all the absentee ballots to
the end of the day and making each pre-
cinct open its own added to the burden.
Strangely when the whole "mess" was

over, the city had not cast an overwhelming
vote. The 1944 total remained high by 1,800.
However, the result, despite 32 voting ma-
chines, was slow tabulations, weary election
officials finally giving up the all-night task,
and Ann Arbor chewing its finger nails
longer than necessary.
The Ann Arbor News, in a post-election
editorial, has suggested that the city's 10
precincts be split up into a much larger
number. This would decentralize voting
and take the pressure off present facili-
They also felt that the city's 32 voting
machines were not sufficient for the job and
the method of voting on "Yes" and "No"
proposals was insufficient.
More machines, a better educated elector-
ate and possibly another method of taking
the proposals to the people were the sugges-
tions they put forth.
We second the motion.
-Craig H. Wilson.

Mourning Becomes Electoral
The Sun declared
It was without precedent
And the Herald Tribune said:
Observers were confounded.
The World-Telegram thought
It was a great surprise,
And the Daily Mirror
Opined it was amazing!
The News said a hasty
Editorial commentary
Might not evoke
"Overmuch Sense,"
But John O'Donnell
Asked himself why he




Have a Drumstick

WASHINGTON - There is only one ques-
tion on which professional politicians,
poll-takers, political reporters and other
wiseacres and prognosticators can any longer
speak with much authority. That is how
they want their crow cooked. These particu-
lar reporters prefer their crow fricasseed.
With this preface, it is interesting to
speculate on the triumphant reelection of
* Election Notes
NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: Two aged mem-
bers of the University faculty were am-
bling across the campus in the direction of
the Library one afternoon before the elec-
One put his arm around the shoulder of
the other and said:
"Tell me-really-honestly-why are you a
His equally aged companion hesitated for
words and finally answered:
"Yes-ah-well, you see-my father-he
was a Republican..
Well ?.. .
ONE SLIGHTLY bitter Republican was
heard to remark yesterday: "See what
happens? Truman got elected Tuesday
and I received my draft questionnaire
* * *
Shaved Now? ...
FROM LAST week's Life Magazine: A pic-
ture of the "Next President" crossing
San Francisco Bay on a ferry.
That moustache-a typographical error?
* * *
Histaken Identity.. .
OVERHEARD in a local theatre:
"Thought this was supposed to be
such a good picture!" "Well, how was I to
know 'Luck of the Irish' wouldn't be a
football picture?"

President Harry S. Truman in the face of
the universal belief that he was a beaten
man before the balloting started. An ex-
planation is at least strongly suggested
by the vote for the four Presidential can-
didates, plus the votes for candidates for
Congress. The people of the United States
are considerably further to the Left than
had been supposed. The facts to support
this conclusion can be summarized very
First, anyone who paid much attention to
what Truman said, must have been aston-
ished to observe that his campaign speeches
were consistently more aggressive and more
radical than any Franklin Delano Roosevelt
ever uttered.
Second, the record of the Eightieth Con-
gress was beyond doubt Truman's greatest
strength. In the farm states, he could and
did point to such phenomena as the Re-
publican Senators and Representatives un-
dercutting the Rural Electrification Admin-
istration at the behest of the power lobby.
Third, the Republican conservatism of
the great mid-western farming area, which
has been an accepted fact in all recent
American political calculation, is a fact no
Only one or two of the Republican isola-
tionist-reactionaries sensednthe voters' view-
point before the balloting. One such was the
great tax-cutter, Harold Knutson of Minne-
sota, who listened to the wind in the grass
roots of his supposedly rock-ribbed isola-
tionist Republican district, and loudly an-
nounced his last-minute conversion to the
Marshall Plan a few days before Nov. 2.
Those who could not grasp what the voters
wanted before Nov. 2, however, must at
least be able to do so now. The brand of
domestic policy peddled by the National
Association of Manufacturers, and the brand
of foreign policy offered by Colonel Robert
R. McCormick, may now be officially con-
sidered to have about as much political ap-
peal as red-hot vegetarianism.
As to what will now ensue, these reporters,
feeling somewhat replete after one heavy
meal of crow, are not prepared to make
forecasts. President Truman returns to the
White House owing no individual anything
except grudges. He owes much to the Amer-
ican people collectively. But the labor lead-

At Hill Auditorium ...
OLD FRIENDS returned to the Hill Au-
ditorium screen last night when Cesare,
Panisse, and all their Marseilles waterfront
cronies we came to know in "Marius," made
a delightful reappearance in "Fanny," sec-
ond of Marcel Pagnol's trilogy.
Ostensibly this picture like its predecessor
revolves around the love affair of Marius
and Fanny, but also like its predecessor the
film belongs to the late Raimu, and Char-
Raimu is as great as ever, but "Fanny"
belongs to Charpin, the little round man
in the derby hat. Charpin, whom we know
so well as a buffoon, emerges strongly as
the wise and tender man who has always
wanted a son. In a series of scenes that
border on the slapstick Charpin touch-
ingly reveals unsuspected depths.
The element of slapstick is a large part
of the Pagnol success formula. It makes
an ordinary love infinitely more effective,
for the tragic aspects of the story contrast
vividly with the burlesque. But his slapstick
never sinks to the level of the all too familiar
pie throwing sequences so ably dished up
by Hollywood. It is used with discretion and
taste and serves to point up the foibles of
very real people.
This second episode in the love story of
Fanny and Marius is in itself less dramatic
than the first. It does not produce a climax
equal to the poetic, yet realistic finale to
"Marius," in which the young man torn
between love for the girl and the sea, chooses
the later, without realizing that his sweet-
heart is carrying his child.
There is no lapse in action between the
conclusion of "Marius" and the opening
of "Fanny." We are given first a glimpse
of the ship carrying Marius moving out
of the Marseilles' harbor. Unaware that
his son has left, Cesare calls for Marius.
His grief when he finally discovers that
Marius has indeed sailed away is one of
the most human portrayals to reach the
screen to date.
The late Raimu, like that other superb
character actor, Harry Bauer, had no peers
and it is difficult to bring to mind any
American actor of recent years who comes
close to measuring up to him.
Pagnol's genius for dialogue, at times
screamingly funny and in other instances
heart rending and full of ironic pathos, was
never more ably demonstrated than in
"Fanny." But it took the equally capable
genius of the actors that brought "Fanny"
to life to make it the great experience that
it is.
We are eagerly looking forward to the.
final presentation of the trilogy, "Cesare"
which has just opened in New York and
which has been hailed as the best of the
-Dick Kraus.
Looking Back

Could have been so wrong.
The poll men admitted
A shift of sentiment
Must have occurred,
While the N.Y. Times
Urged us to remember
We're all Americans.
(The truth, too,
And fit to print.)
Thus the Star, the only New York newspaper which supported
Truman, gloated over its competitors in post-election comment. Ex-
pressing jubilance throughout its Thursday edition, the Star poked
fun particularly at the poor pollsters with such headlines as "Truman
Ran ALL the Way-While Dewey Only 'Galluped'."
* * * *
IN THE MIDWEST, McCormick's Tribune, which came out Wed-
nesday proclaiming Dewey's victory, accepted Republican defeat on
Thursday with a "we told you so" retort. Both its news and editorial
columns condemned the Republican convention which "fell under
vicious influences and nominated a 'me-too' candidate who conducted
a 'me-too' campaign."
The Hearst papers fell in line with this rationalization. Still
pinning medals on MacArthur, they explained that what the
nation wanted was "national leadership of truly exceptional char-
acter-of the high calibre for instance . .. of such a distinguished
and inspiring an American as ... " But naturally!
Time Magazine, which had held up its publication date by a day,
had to admit that it "was just as wrong as everybody else." Amid
a welter of electoral explanations Time declared, "The voter has
spoken-'when he was good and ready-with a flat and, incontrover-
tible voice. . . . Republicans might not be able to stand it. But the
Republic could."
ITS SISTER PUBLICATION, Life, almost completely ignored the
election, except for a photograph of American sponsored Chinese chil-
dren proclaiming Dewey, and an article on the Dixiecrats. Maybe
Mr. Luce was still choking on last week's prediction which captioned
a Dewey shot "The Next President."
The Washtenaw Post Tribune, this Republican county's inde-
pendent paper, took a poke at Pollster Roper ih their column
"Off Hand and Casual Like." "... . many of you may have heard
red-faced Elmo Roper . . . on the radio when he said, "Just what
is happening, I don't know. Why? I don't know.' That, Elmo, would
have been the best thing for you to have said before the elec-
tion. ..
The influence of the New Deal was credited with a large part
of Truman's victory by papers of all denominations. The Daily Worker
charged that "Truman won the election by a hypocritical copying
of the speeches of Franklin Roosevelt and by imitating as much as he
dared the charges of the Progressive Party and Henry Wallace . ..
THE PORTLAND OREGONIAN: "Unpleasant as the conclusion
may be to most conservatives, the decision was in favor of government
intervention in many fields . . . We are moving in the direction Roose-
velt carried us-the direction of Western European democracy."
The Detroit Free Press: "The fact must now be recognized
that enough people in this country to elect a President and a
Congress have been converted to the New Deal philosophy."
Columnist Walter Lippman: "It can be said with much justice
and without detracting from Mr. Truman's remarkable personal per-
formance, that of all Roosevelt's electoral triumphs, this one in 1948
is the most impressive."
Respect for Truman was greatly increased, as expressed in such
comment as this from the Seattle Times: "Harry S. Truman, President
of the United States, President in his own right-President by dint
of his own might-his will to fight . . . consciousness of that personal
strength may well give him the self-assurance that will make him
one of the nation's best presidents."

. ThegDaily accords its readers the
privilege of submitting letters for
publication in this column. Subject
to space limitations, the general po-
icy is to publish in the order in which
they are received all letters bearing
the writer's signature and address.
Letters exceeding 300 words, repeti-
tious letters and letters of a defama-
tory character or such letters which
for any other reason are not in good
taste will not be published. The
editors reserve the privilege of con-
densing letters.
Re: Election
To the Editor:
Thank you very kindly for your
lucid summary of candidates and
proposals. Tuesday morning's is-
sue was very helpful to me and
I'd have been willing to pay a dol-
lar for it.
-Thure Rosene
To the Editor:
THE POST- election cry is a vo-
ciferous "an upset."
An "upset" means primarily that
we were wrong, in fact, dead
wrong. It means that the fact has
taken us for a ride. It also means
that we have been guilty of a
greatdelusion of reality. It tells
us most explicitly that the fact
was always there, that it was we
who distorted it. The louder the
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gels Ever Bright and Fair, Dead
March, See the Conquering Hero
Comes; Two allegros, a Voluntary,
or "A Flight of Angels," Air and
Minuet for a Musical Clock; three
selections from operas, Leave Me
to Languish (Rinaldo), Air (Ot-
tone) and Largo (Xerxes).
Student Recital: Theodore
Powell, pupil of Gilbert Ross, will
present a violin recital in partial
fulfillment of the requirements
for the degree of Bachelor of
Music at 8:30 p.m., Mon., Nov.
8, Lydia Mendelssohan Theatre.
His program will include compo-
sitions by Brahms, Bach, Wie-
niawski, Bartok, and Bloch, and
will be open to the public.
Faculty Recital: Paul Doktor,
Violist, 8:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 9,
Lydia Mendelssohn. Compositions
by Locatelli, Schubert, Haessig,
and Brahms. Open to the public.
Events Today
Bill of One-Act Plays will be
presented at 8 p.m., Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre, by the depart-
ment of speech. Admission is free
and no tickets are required. Doors
will open at 7:30 p.m. and no one
will be seated after 8 p.m.
Roger Williams Guild will join
with Presbyterians in an open
house and supper after the foot-
ball game.
Student Religious Association:
Michigan Christian Fellowship:
Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Lane Hall
Saturday Luncheon, Fireplace
Room, Lane Hall 12 noon-2 p.m.
Supper Discussion, Fireplace
Room, Lane Hall, 5-7 p.m.
Coming Events
Graduate Outing Club: Meet at
northwest entrance, Rackham
Building, Sun., NQv. 7, 2:15 p.m.
for pastoral frolic. Please sign
list at Rackham checkroom desk

before noon Saturday. All gradu-
ates welcome.
Graduate History Club, Coffee
Hour: Mon., Nov. 8, 4-5 ,p.m.
Clements Library. All graduate
history students and faculty mem-
bers are invited.
U. of M. Hot Record Society: A
program on "King Louis" will be
presented Sunday at 8 p.m., Mich-
igan League Ballroom. Everyone is
Inter-Guild Council Lane Hall,
Sun., Nov. 7, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Wallace Progressives: Member-
ship meeting, Mon., Nov. 8, 7:30
p.m., Michigan Union.
The agenda will include:
a) Discussion of the Election
b) Future of the Young Progres-
c) Plans for a Social
Everyone interested is invited.

cry and the bigger the "upset,'
the more we have been utter fools.
An "upset," in other words, is a
healthy reminder that we are not
big enough to cope with reality.
I never thought this would have
to be pointed out until I heard
our expertsjoin (perhaps orig-
inate) the cry. I immediately no-
ticed that just as they had dis-
torted the fact, they were also dis-
torting the meaning of the word
In all cases it became an apolo-
getic cry. In many it was a self-
righteous apology. In some it was
even smug. It was quite obvious
that to the great majority it was
a trivial mistake and not a lesson
Many had the indecency (decency
if one prefers to exercise his sense
of humor) to sneer it off-on
commentator read a few lashing
telegrams and merely remarked
that they were amusing. Profound
explanations, of course, flowed
They all depended on whether the
expert was Republican, Democrat
Progressive, or just plain Fool witi
no pigeon hole.
I was already contemplating
with deep regret, the time whex
our government would have
fourth branch, the Electora
Branch, with Mr. Roper and Dr
Gallup as life appointees. I an
very glad our people has showi
that it is beyond such gross over
The fool will say that the elec
tion is over and the harm is done
But the harm is not done with
It is going on right now. On th
mere basis of the experts' mistak
it is very easy to concluded tha
Mr. Truman is a much greate
man than we thought he was.
If this election has shown an:
one thing, it is that we must rejec
emphatically the pretensions o
the straw-vote prophets and ri
our doings from their serious ill
-R. F. Defendini.
Goodh as Any
To the Editor:
IN REPLY to a letter by Mr. J. J
Duff y, we think that Mr .B. E
Brown is as good a sport as an
sports writer. If it is poor sports
manship that is being condemnec
why not condemn the Associate
Press Poll writers and those o
Life Magazine, who have consist
ently displayed ridiculous preju
dice against Michigan.
In short, Mr. Duffy, since th
nation's sports writers as a whol
seem detetrmined to pass ove,
Michigan triumphs and mak
much over relatively inconsequen
tial games of other teams, coul
we pleaseshave a little pro-Mich
igan spirit in Ann Arbor: say, ii
our Daily?
We heartily appreciate the ef
forts of Mr. B. S. Brown and M]
Murray Grant.
-Bill Chapman.
Raymond Schultz
-Bob Wise.

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A voice! And the fire! It burned down as
suddenly as it started! Is there a Ghdst?

Agreement? Aha! You've been sent
here to wheedle me! But the voice-

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