THE CONGRESS: Backfire

The party caucus is a good way for congressional leaders—when they know they have a majority behind them—to swing a minority into line on legislative issues. But to hold a caucus without a majority is to invite a stinging rebuff; party discipline is shattered, and more often than not the leaders come out with less support than they had before. Last week the Republican leaders of the House called for a party conference to work up opposition to the 8.8% postal pay-raise bill (the Eisenhower Administration was strongly on record against anything more than a 7.6% increase). The session...

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