The Nation: Gunfight at the Capitol Hill Corral

"There are two major groups of potential opponents who need to be assessed," Pollster Pat Caddell wrote last December, "the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. In many ways, the former may be more dangerous than the latter."

Jimmy Carter's favorite nose counter could hardly have been more correct. Last week the simmering dispute between the President and Capitol Hill broke into the open, with congressional members of Carter's own party leading the battle. Within three days Democrat-led committees in both chambers voted to load Administration proposals with more than $3.5 billion in extra money.

By doing so, the legislators were directly challenging...

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