The Congress: Second Thoughts

As leader of the Great Society, Lyndon Johnson tuned the 89th Congress to produce just the sound he wanted: "Aye." The result was the most expansive and expensive outpouring of domestic legislation in U.S. history. This week "the fabulous 89th"—as Johnson likes to call it—convened its second session after a 78-day recess. This time the going will not be so easy. Well-rested and strengthened by pulse-feeling back home, the Congress returns to Washington far less docile and far more doubtful than when it left. Some legislators believe, in fact, that the 89th's second session could become one of the roughest...