Mr. Butler now has his reward. After steering the Republican campaign to a decisive victory, he finds himself by a turn of Fate catapulted into the office of Senator from Massachusetts. It has been recognized ever since the campaign that Mr. Butler certainly could hope for a Gabjnet position under the Coolidge administration, but the death of Senator Lodge, and Mr. Butler's own predilections for the Senate have determined it otherwise. The change from the scholarly Lodge to the practical business man, Butler, will be significant in more ways than one.
The suspicion will not down that President Coolidge and not Senator Butler has experienced the greater stroke of fortune in the affair. When Senator Butler was substituted for Senator Lodge, the sharpest thorn in the side of the Administration was replaced by a kindred spirit. Mr. Butler will be Coolidge in the Senate, and Mr. Butler's views will be accepted as those of the President. Senator Butler is inherently not a negative figure, and his added position of spokesman for the Administration should make him a power in the Senate and a power for the support of the President. All in all the incident seems but another example of Coolidge luck.