The Congress: Dirksen's Defeat

"One man clothed in righteousness is a match for all the hosts of error," said Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen, perched on a table, to reporters. "And I am pursuing sinners who insist on persisting in their error."

Dirksen's tabletop press conference came as the Senate was approaching a climactic vote on his year-long crusade to modify the 1964 Supreme Court ruling that both branches of state legislatures must be reapportioned strictly according to population. Dirksen proposed a constitutional amendment permitting the voters of each state to decide if they wanted one of their legislative branches set up on a...

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