Election to Congress in 1930, two years before the New-Deal landslide, gave Kentucky's bald, bumbling Andrew Jackson May an important margin of seniority.
Solely because of seniority, he reached the chairmanship of the potent Military Affairs Committee in 1938 (his qualifications: country lawyer, owner of a coal company).
As Military Affairs chairman, Andy May chiefly distinguished himself by:
> Suggesting that "when General Short and Admiral Kimmel come up for court-martial, I'm in favor of holding a shooting match."*
> Indignantly ripping out a miniature Japanese flag which marked enemy positions on a map in the Speaker's lobby.
> Prophesying, in July 1942, on the...