Georgia: Seated & Subdued

Unfolding a crumpled sheet of yellow legal paper, Lester Garfield Maddox reedily intoned: "My heart is full. I am humbled and honored by the decision of this august body." Thus, 63 days after narrowly losing (450,626 to 453,665) Georgia's gubernatorial election to Republican Congressman Howard ("Bo") Callaway, did onetime Restaurateur Maddox acknowledge the state legislature's decision to seat him anyway.

His selection by the legislators last week hardly came as a surprise. Both the U.S. and the Georgia Supreme Courts upheld Georgia's peculiar law allowing the state legislature to elect the Governor if the voters failed to give any candidate...

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