The Presidency: Butting the Wall

For the fifth time since Dwight Eisenhower took office in 1953, the U.S. Congress last week tried to override a presidential veto—and for the fifth time it failed. Last week's Senate vote of 55-40, nine short of the two-thirds majority needed to override, came on the $1,375,000,000 housing bill, which Ike had vetoed in his battle to keep the nation's budget in balance. The issue was forced by the Senate's Democratic liberals, desperately anxious to get out from under the President's firm fiscal thumb. In insisting on an attempt to override, they exposed themselves and their party to a needless and...