Nation: The Kiss of Death

In line with their policy of offering "constructive alternatives" to Democratic legislation, House Republicans last week introduced an attractive, carefully reasoned substitute for the Administration-backed voting rights bill that has already passed the Senate. Whereupon segregationist Southern Democrats, seeking any way to destroy the Administration bill, embraced the G.O.P. alternative and, as it turned out, kissed it to death.

A Nationwide Bill. The Republican proposal was co-sponsored by Minority Leader Jerry Ford of Michigan and Ohio's William McCulloch, who played a key role in getting Lyndon Johnson's 1964 civil rights bill through...

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