French Camel Corps, Tunisia, 1943. Photograph by Robert Capa. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos.

Rivalry & Feud

Volume XI, Number 4 | fall 2018


After Helen Gahagan Douglas was elected as a Democratic representative in 1944, news outlets spread rumors of a vicious rivalry between her and Republican congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce; one headline read helen vs. clare: torch vs. icicle. “For reporters short of real news,” Douglas complained, “it was a simple day’s work to speculate that we would claw at one another.” The women resolved to avoid giving fodder to such baseless stories by never discussing the same subject on the same day.

What mighty contests rise from trivial things.

—Alexander Pope, 1712