The Congress: Bilious Mood

On the morning after the State of the Union address, ranking members of the Senate majority who make up the Democratic Policy Committee gathered for a private meeting. "It was the damnedest thing," one participant remarked afterward. "Not a single word was said about the President's speech."

The chief topic was adjournment:

"When can we get out of here?"

That, by and large, seemed to be the mood of the 90th Congress as it began its second session last week. The superficial conviviality of reunion coloring the first couple of days faded even faster than the suntans and windburns some members had...