The Congress: The Late Great

In Lyndon Johnson's proud prejudgment, historians will record it as "The Great Congress." And so they may. But few would claim that the 89th's finest hours came in 1966. After a historic first session that passed 105 important bills, the Congress generally thumb-twiddled its way through its second session, only to burst into a fevered eleventh-hour blur of action that added little to its luster.

By voice vote both houses last week slammed through minor bills en masse. Probing questions about important legislation were often brusquely slapped down. When the week...

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