As 1928 opened, Lovestone appeared to be firmly in command. jLJLHis opponents, still dazed by his smashing victory the year before, held their fire, not knowing where he was vulnerable to attack. Early in February he completely dominated an American party plenum, and the Opposition permitted him to present a unanimous report for the Political Committee. When he said that "the party was never as homogeneous and unified in principle as it is today," it did not seem like an idle boast. 1