REPUBLICANS: Straw in the Wind?

Thirty-nine House Republicans—all first or second-termers—joined in a broadside last week which stated that the present GOP House leadership does not necessarily speak for them. "Every member of Congress," they said, "has a right and duty to express himself with entire freedom." That was what they proposed to do in the future.

This was by no means the first attack on Minority Leader Joe Martin's do-nothing policy. But Joe Martin could not dismiss it as coming from a bunch of amateurs. Signers of the statement included such able legislators as Minnesota's Walter Judd, New York's Augustus Bennet. New Jersey's James Auchincloss,...

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