The Congress: Johnson Juggernaut

"We're somewhat battered," observed Speaker John McCormack last week, after helping to steer the Administration's school-aid bill through the House. "But we weathered the storm."

A more vindictive admiral might have added: you should see the other guys. Clearly outmaneuvered, House Republicans ran painfully aground in their first all-out effort of the year to offer a "constructive alternative" to a major Great Society program.

The battle had been months in the making. Ever since the Republicans gained 47 House seats in last November's election, the minority leadership under Michigan's Gerald Ford has sought to devise positive proposals to pit against key...

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