Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn, 76, has been a member of the House of Representatives for 45 years and Speaker for 13longer than any other man in history. The years have made him waspish, crotchety and stubborn.
In the last few weeks, Mister Sam:
¶ Adamantly set himself against any constitutional amendment providing for succession in case of presidential disability and against any succession legislation that does not give Congress a veto over who succeeds and when (see The Presidency).
¶ Pointedly and sarcastically advised three Democratic members of the U.S. Senate that they need...