Nation: Mister Sam's Successor

Already all but settled is the question of Sam Rayburn's successor as Speaker. Democrats are ready to elect Massachusetts' Representative John McCormack, 69, when they caucus in January. McCormack was Democratic majority leader during all the years of Rayburn's speakership. He acted as temporary Speaker when Rayburn went home last summer, and by House tradition, broken only once in the past half a century, the majority leader succeeds as Speaker—and one thing Mister Sam left, beyond doubt, was a legacy of respect for tradition. McCormack already has commitments from all potential rivals except...

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