The Congress: Willie's Big Whisper

When Delaware's Republican Senator John J. Williams first saw the profusion of ads in the Democratic Party's glossy, 178-page paean to the 89th Congress entitled Toward an Age of Greatness, his own reaction was that the Republic was headed toward an age of "political blackmail." Rising on the Senate floor to protest the Democrats' $1,000,000 bonanza, Williams — nicknamed "Whispering Willie" because of his barely audible speaking voice — protested:

"Space was sold to major corporations, in particular to defense contractors, at $15,000 per page. This is not normal advertising but represents...

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