THE SENATE: Hansel and Gretel

"It is unheard of for two nominees to go like Hansel and Gretel to the Supreme Court." Senator Birch Bayh was talking about Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist (TIME, Nov. 1), the two Supreme Court nominees who were being jointly considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bayh, veteran of the Haynsworth and Carswell wars, and the other liberals sought to separate the nominations because Powell was clearly a shoo-in, while Rehnquist was considered somewhat vulnerable. Nixon loyalists on the committee parried the maneuver. After five days of hearings and...

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