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June 2024
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John Lukacs ("Revising the Twentieth Century,” September issue) is himself guilty of a bit of revisionism. D. Worth Clark, the senator from Idaho from 1939 to 1945, was a rapscallion, a liar, a cheat, a drunk, and a lot of other bad things—but withal he was not a Republican, as Mr. Lukacs would have him. He was an anti-New Deal Democrat and was well recognized in his day as the black sheep of an otherwise honorable Democratic family. (His niece Beth became the wife of Sen. Frank Church.) My first involvement in a political campaign was working for the election of Glen Taylor to replace Clark.

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