Nation: Learning to Live with Congress

Lyndon Johnson had trouble enough with the 90th Congress, even though his own party controlled both houses. Richard Nixon, facing a Capitol Hill controlled by the opposition, will have to be a consummate politician if he is to get anything but misery from the 91st. Wisconsin's Melvin Laird, chairman of the House Republican Conference, concedes that the next President "will have to be the greatest salesman of the century" to get his programs across. While the real test of his powers of persuasion will not come for months, Nixon's moves so far have been calculated to make the best of a...