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arranged for him. He won't do any of this and it's too bad.

Well, although I realized that it would only be sad to hear the election returns, Florence and I felt we ought to go to the Blackstone in Chicago to be with the other people who had been interested in the campaign and with Stegenson at the time of the returns. We flew to Chicago on election day, as I recall it, in the afternoon, and went to a dreary brown suite in the Blackstone where people were sitting around rather quietly for a buffet supper. The returns were beginning to be uniformly bad by 6:30 and by 9 o'clock Stevenson conceded his defeat with a very well-phrased statement. He has enormous fortitude in the face of disaster and he had it that night, I remember. Most of the people who had been his supporters disappeared by morning and I remember there was a meeting this next morning with McClosley and Finletter, and I think Clayton Fritchie, and some others, about what were...

I almost included Butler among those present at the meeting but he was not there; he had been hostile towards Stevenson. The truth was that Butler had control of the Democatic National Committee and unless he was replaced, as he had been hostile to Stevenson in the campaign and had really not worked effectively for him, I realized that he would make it impossible for Stevenson to be head of the party effectively, that he wouldn't have the mechanisms of the office or the mechanics of the power of being the leader of the Democratic Party, and that Butler would just continue to maneuver against him.





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