The Judiciary: The Haynsworth Showdown

Ever since the prospects for Clement Haynsworth's confirmation to the Supreme Court began to fade, key Republican Senators have tried to persuade the Nixon Administration to withdraw the nomination and avoid an embarrassing, party-splitting showdown. Nixon has refused. Mustering every scintilla of White House prestige and pressure, he has sought to win over recalcitrant Senators, but with little success. As a result, Nixon now faces the biggest defeat of his young Administration.

Floor debate on the Haynsworth nomination is expected to begin this week. Both sides are careening toward it on a collision course. A head count by Republican leaders...

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