The Congress: The Dirksen Breather

Illinois' Everett Dirksen knelt in an aisle of the U.S. Senate chamber last week, flung out his arms and pealed: "It's like getting down on your knees and saying 'Please, Mr. Court.'" He got back up on his feet and roared, "I will not beg!"

It was Ev's way of saying again that he is profoundly opposed to a June 15 Supreme Court decision ordering states to reapportion their entire legislatures on the basis of population—the "one man, one vote" principle. To Dirksen, arguments about that issue are "hogwash" and the only question...

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