Nation: Crushed by the Coalition

In the midst of debate on the omni bus civil rights bill, Louisiana's Democratic Representative Edward Hebert gazed forlornly at the empty places about him, got up, and wondered aloud where his Southern colleagues were at such an important time.

That was an interesting point. For years past, the Southern delegations to Congress have been about as cohesive a group as exists on Capitol Hill. In the House, each state has its own whip, charged with seeing to it that members are present to vote on issues of regional interest—like civil rights. Presiding over all these state whips is Southern Whip Tom...

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