The Congress: The Admiral Strikes His Colors

"We're going to win, we're going to win" promised the old man as he rallied his followers in the U.S. House of Representatives. Next day, standing proudly in the well of the House, Georgia's Carl Vinson, 78, insisted that victory had indeed been achieved. "They have gotten the message," said "Uncle Carl," who is also known as "the Admiral" and "the Swamp Fox." He continued: "They know that Congress is not just talking, but that we mean business. So we can congratulate ourselves."

But neither Vinson nor his adherents could really have been in much of a mood for...

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