Chapter Fifteen


A Defeat and Two Victories


THE NOVEMBER 1922 elections proved a disaster for the Republicans, cutting their House majority from 90 to 20 and their Senate majority from 24 to 10. In some cases, Republicans who had left Washington as Shipping Board allies came back as opponents, causing more headaches for Lasker and Harding.1

As a result of the election fiasco, the proponents of the Merchant Marine bill faced a new challenge: a lame-duck legislature. Sometimes presidents used the lame-duck session to push through unpopular bills, ...

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