Essay: WHAT IF THE HOUSE DECIDES?

ARCHAIC laws and institutions are often dangerous—a truism that Americans are rediscovering in a rather special sense during the 1968 presidential campaign. They are doing so with the help of George Wallace. The Alabamian is gaining so many votes, says one happy Southern Congressman, that he is now as strong as "50 acres of horseradish." Other Congressmen are appalled at the possible result: the Wallace phenomenon may throw the election into the House of Representatives. The outcome could foil most voters' wishes and upset the two-party system in Congress. To House Majority Whip Hale Boggs, "the idea is absolute anarchy."

The problem...