THE CONGRESS: The Democrats: Ready to Think Smaller

"Three months is a generation in politics," Vice President Alben Barkley once observed, and as Democratic members of Congress returned to Washington this week from their holiday recess, they fervently hoped that Barkley's adage still held true. The 94th Congress was supposed to be a Democratic triumph, but in the past three months the session has turned into an almost unmitigated Democratic disaster because of a crushing succession of failures to overturn presidential vetoes. Nonetheless, the party's congressional leaders believe that time yet remains to salvage enough of their program to retrieve their self-esteem and arrest President Gerald Ford's momentum...

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