Bitter fight over a labor bill
"This bill," declared Utah's Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, "is going to attack every basic fiber of the free-enterprise system."
"This bill," declared North Carolina's Jesse Helms, "is designed to unionize the South by federal force."
"We will fight this bill," declared South Carolina's Strom Thurmond, "and fight it to the last."
So began last week what promises to be a major Senate filibuster. It will not recreate the legendary filibusters of the past, however, when tireless orators recited whole books of the Bible while their exhausted colleagues napped on...