The Senate: A Vote for Moderation

The U.S. Senate is a cave of winds redecorated as a 19th century gentlemen's club. No matter what wrenching changes the nation has undergone, the Senate retains its lacquered snuffboxes. Among the more insistent traditions has been the conservative leadership of the Republican Party. In the past 20 years, the post has been held by such stalwarts of the right as Nebraska's Kenneth Wherry, Ohio's Robert A. Taft and California's William F. Knowland.

Everett Dirksen, did not, of course, quite fit the mold. He took many diverse positions in his long career....

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