In the Senate Restaurant, and along the tiled Senate corridors, Senators are known not only by the headlines they make but also by the company they keep; by their native ability and practical effectiveness as legislators; by the work they do, or avoid. A favorite pastime is picking the worst of the lot.

It involves standards of comparison. It is easy to sigh for the days of Senators with tongues of silver and minds of steel, to forget that some of today's Senators rank high in character and vision, that few of the present Senators are as bad as some specimens of...

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