National Affairs: A Hold Is Broken

A Hold is Broken In the Senate cloakrooms last week, the Vice President of the U.S. was jovially hailed by buoyant liberals and flailed by moody Southerners as "Judge Nixon." The reason: by one thunderstriking interpretation from the chair, Richard Nixon had tagged the discomfiting word "unconstitutional" to the much-debated, filibuster-protecting Senate Rule XXII (TIME, Jan. 14). But he had done something else as well: he had raised an emotional floodgate for a piece of vital legislation that has been dammed too long by Senate rules and procedure. Before Congress...

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