National Affairs: Reactionary Mathematics

On a second attempt, Senator Spencer, Republican, of Missouri, got into The Congressional Record a magazine article on The Scientific Political Training of Calvin Coolidge (TIME, Jan. 14). He could not secure unanimous consent to have it printed, so he was obliged to read it on the floor of the Senate whereby it officially became part of the proceedings. As he read, one Democrat after another rose and requested his permission to speak.

Senator Spencer replied to each: "I decline to yield [the floor]."

When the reading was finished, the Democratic storm broke.

Senator Pat...