The Nation: Only in America

Administration spokesmen have been insisting, with growing desperation, that Government business goes on as usual. So, apparently, do Capitol fun and games. Last week, during a time out in Senator Sam Ervin's Select Committee hearings, a remarkable confrontation took place on the playing fields of Washington, D.C. Sam's Sluggers, a softball team composed of the staffs of Ervin's various committees, squared off against the Assistants, a pickup team of Administration and Executive Branch bureaucrats. Partisan politics were kept to a minimum — as were legitimate line drives and flashy fielding plays. In fact, the game was altogether less competitive than last...

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