The Nation: Night of the Long Winds

A chaotic filibuster dramatizes Carter's problems with Congress

Shortly before sunrise one day last week, the Hon. Ernest F. Rollings, Democrat of South Carolina, appeared on the Senate floor in a bright green jogging suit. "It makes good pajamas," he observed. In the corridors and cloakrooms around him, less comfortably attired colleagues padded about in stocking feet or dozed fitfully on cots provided by the Army and Air Force. "Barbaric," croaked rumpled, unshaven Minority Leader Howard Baker as he surveyed the blanket-littered hallways. "An outrage," seconded Majority Leader Robert Byrd. Over the ayes,...

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