Florida: How to Win by Losing

"The fun and games is over," said the chief of field operations of the U.S. Marshals Service. He was referring to Florida Governor Claude Kirk's week-long theater of defiance against the Federal Government. Kirk had refused to allow a court-ordered school busing plan to take effect in Manatee County. His resistance wilted overnight, however, when Federal District Judge Ben Krentzman finally lost patience, cited him for contempt and threatened to fine him $10,000 a day if he continued to obstruct the court order.

When busing got under way last week, there were no...

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