National Affairs: On Politeness

With the session barely under way, the House was beginning to look like a progressive-school kindergarten. One day last week, New York Democrat Andrew Somers, who has been around the House long enough (24 years) to know better, shouted "idiot" at Nebraska Republican Arthur Miller. Speaker Sam Rayburn was determined to enforce decorum before his 89 freshmen could pick up such uncouth habits. He got the House's Emily Post, professorial Representative George Dondero of Michigan, to lecture the boys.

Dondero's don'ts: don't smoke behind the rails or chew on unlighted pipes or...

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