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The Boss
`I, AS YOUR MAYOR'

By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

He lacks, however, the imagination necessary to great political leadership. Where his own experience is no guide he cannot predict results. In spite of all his traveling he does not understand the United States; he learned the Horseshoe and City Hall and the State House afoot, but he has seen America only from Pullman cars. Milton and his other advisers often cannot impress him, and they consider him stubborn; it was reported, for instance, that they did their utmost to prevent him from getting into the free-speech controversy with Norman Thomas and the C.I.O.; but it would probably be nearer the truth to suppose that lie never comprehended the implications of his actions and never imagined how the rest of the country would respond. His imagination is unequal to the task of building up a group of candidates who can retain public confidence beyond the reach of the Hudson County machine and so go on from one victory to another; he demands of them such a high degree of obedience that no man can long remain in public office under him without having his reputation damaged by some dubious vote cast or some other shady official action performed at his master's command. It may satisfy the Mayor when his legislators vote 'no' on a bill one week and `awe' the next, after he has made some bargain; but these same men are ruined as candidate when he needs governors, senators, congressmen. He soon gets some tin can tied on your coat-tails,' as the politicians say. Even A. Harry Moore, his one consistent winner, has been obliged to make so many unsavory appointment that his majority in the last election was dangerously reduced.

The personality of Frank Hague is the perfect blending of heredity and environment. A ruthless, two-fisted, unscrupulous unlettered Irishman, born with that political sense that his nationality seems generally to possess, he rose from the slums of Jersey City to command his city and his state.

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