The Senate: Dodd's Defense

It hardly seemed an even contest. There was Mississippi Democrat John Stennis, backed by a reputation for judicial probity and five fellow members of the Committee on Standards and Conduct, demanding the censure of Connecticut Democrat Thomas Dodd for perpetrating "a grievous wrong" against the entire Senate. And there was Dodd, his name sullied by 18 months of accusation and investigation, his own records and statements hurled as weapons against him, his only asset an instinct for political survival.

Yet for four days on the Senate floor last week, the Connecticut Democrat fought doggedly and at times eloquently to prove "my...

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