During the campaign, Democratic orators promised a grand symphony as pure as the lost chord if only a Democratic President was elected to work with the Democratic Congress. But last week, as the various virtuosos of the U.S. Senate began the tune-up for the 87th Congress, the discord sounded hauntingly familiar.

As he did before the last session, Pennsylvania's Liberal Senator Joe Clark shot off letters to Republicans and Democrats alike, urging them as the first order of business to think about his oft-proposed changes in Senate rules and procedures. One prime goal: to get a softening of the famous...

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