Last Words

As the 78th Congress flickered to a finish, lame-duck Congressmen seized their last chance. One by one, they took to the floor with prepared valedictories. Most of their colleagues had already gone home, but the Congressional Record was still there, duty-bound to print every last quack. Each swan-songster was convinced that his constituents had been misguided, but magnanimously agreed to abide by the voters' decision. Each also wanted to take a few fast, final pokes at the Soviet Union and the British Empire.

Gerald Nye, 52, giving up the Senate seat in which North Dakota voters had kept him for 19...

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