AGRICULTURE: A Pest-Ridden Harvest

The day before the conference committee's monstrous farm bill came to a final vote in the House last week, the chamber was sealed off for a closed caucus of Republican members. "We simply cannot send this bill to the President," Massachusetts' gnarled Joe Martin told the waverers among his colleagues. "It's a bad bill, and I'm sure he won't accept it." On the other side, Texas' egg-bald Sam Rayburn and other Democratic leaders were telling the doubtful among the Democrats that the bill might provide the only way to get a Democrat...