Congress: The Case for Subtlety

Despite Jacqueline Kennedy's tasteful redecoration of the White House, the favorite colors of the Kennedy Administration often seem to be black and white: anything that the President does is good, and any opposition to it is bad. In a young and aggressive President, this is not completely surprising—and many Presidents before John Kennedy have viewed their own programs in equally absolute terms. But it is an attitude that often makes for cockiness along with determination, and it ignores the subtleties necessary to legislative success. Last week the venerable U.S. Senate, whose business is the greys of legislative compromise, took...

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