Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 26, 1964 · Page 15
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 15

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, December 26, 1964
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Disagree*on*diairman's importance PM**& ^^^^D Bander ot the Democratic par-chairman will tend ever uoreiTfce v mimeograph machines conservative an image of the|the case for the party out of hower and former Vice Presi-would not be enough, they indi I U$l ^y^J | ty, President Johnson. strongly to cre«t» and solidify 1 grind at his command. Republican,*, that he would be a power. dent Richard M. Nixon. cated. Post GOP chief says figurehead An AP Specie! Report By HARRY KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — The sound and fury of a violent po- •litical storm rages over the head of a young man who was almost unknown a year ago — Dean Burch, chairman of the Republican National Committee. It's an imposing title that Burch, 36, carries. But what does it mean? Is the party chairman a man of power — a gray eminence lurking behind the throne — or is he simply an administrator or figurehead? One formtr national chairman, Sen. Thruston B. Morton o£ Kentucky, sees the national committee chairman as a party housekeeper and not worth any "bloodletting" in the Republican dispute. Not so, says Gov. Robert E. Smylie of Idaho. One of the leaders of the Burch-must-go forces in the GOP, Smylie says the way things are now the national chairman is neither "a mere figurehead, nor a housekeeper." "Smylie doesn't know anything about the national chairman's job," retorts William E. Miller, who was Barry Goldwater's running mate and Burch's predecessor as party chairman. Generally, Hit job ef chairman is to keep the party machinery oiled and humming between elections, to see to it that money is raised, to cool off-party feuds and to rally the troops during campaigns. Many chairmen have been little more than front men who have tuxedo, will travel. Most have been noted political figures working part time-at it. Burch, protege of Goldwater, is a full- time chairman with a- $30,OOG-a- year salary. One thing to keep in mind in trying to define the duties of a chairman is that time, events, the pressure cooker of politics and the man himself all have a hand in molding the job. For instance, the chairman of a party out of power, such as Burch, must function differently from the chairman of a party in power, such as the Democrats John M. Bailey. Bailey must labor in the shadow and under the orders of the unquestioned supreme com mander ot the Democratic party, President Johnson. And this is a key to the present GOP battle crackling around Burch. With no president to answer to, will he step into a vacuum of leadership, tighten his control of party machinery and reinforce a conservative image that GOP liberals and moderates feel will destroy the party? As the- months wear on," Smylie said of Burch at the recent GOP governors meeting in the image of a party that the people would not use." A president provides .meet ef the image for the part? in power. He has that magnificent forum of the White House, under the concentrated glare of international publicity. Who provides the Image for the party out of,power, ip this case the Republicans? The national chairman certainly contributes to it, for his finger is on Denver, Colo., "the present the party's propaganda button. Newsmen rush to him when they want the GOP position on this or that. He can be on camera and 'in the news daily. By his control of the propaganda organs it is possible for him to help one politician, hurt another, boost himself. Thot "Who will be the voice of the GQP?" is at the heart of the'Republican battle over the chairmanship. Those who want Burch ousted argue that he would create too water's campaign and crushing defeat. But others argue that the party image will be made on Capitol Hill, not in the offices of the national committee. Burch and Goldwater say the GOP leadership — and thus most of the image-making — will lie securely in the hands ol the Republican leaders in Con gress, as practically always is power. A *p*ke*m«n described lurch as feeling that his role as chair man would be an administrator — more of a creative administrator than a housekeeper, how ever. Whatever the varying views on the national chairmanship it apparently is important enough to fight over — and be the central issue of a GOP summit conference of Goldwater, former President Dwight D. Eisen- After their meeting Wednesday, was Dec. even 10, in more New York it obvious that The national committee is scheduled to meet Jan. 22-23 in Chicago to consider the problem its leadership. As the situa ;ion stacks up now, the vote would be extremely close. GOODWILL TRUCK ALEXANDER — The Goodwil must have widespread support Industries pickup truck will b at the home of the local sccre Burch was on the spot. In essence, the three men who have carried the GOP presidential banner in the last three elections agreed that Burch in order to pull the party together from its shattering defeat. A simple majority of votes on the Republican National Committee tary, Mrs. C. Floe Peters, Dec 30. Articles to be donated ma be left there before that date. Dec. H, m 1944 lg Glebe-GaitHe, MaMn City, la. Veterans plan New Year's Eve dance at Garner GARNER — A New Year's Sve dance will -be held at the VFW Lounge, across from the Garner Sales Pavilion Thursday evening, Dec. 31. All veterans ;VFW k Legion) social members and their guests are welcome. The Lounge is open daily 2:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. daily. Read Want Ads for Prof it!-423-4270 THE AMERICAN STATE BANK Make next Chr i s t m a • merrier for your family and friends. Join our new Christmas Club and save a convenient amount regularly, so you'll Save extra cash with which to shop early and avoid piling up bills. 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