Jesse Plays the Front Man

Jesse Plays the Front Man White House opposition dooms an arms-control nomination

North Carolina's Republican Senator Jesse Helms, a gadfly of the right, thought he had finally won a congressional victory last week. Thwarted in every attempt on the Hill to advance his "social issues" agenda—banning abortion, reinstating prayer in public schools, ending the busing of students to desegregate schools—into real legislation, he has appointed himself as a special Senate watchdog on presidential nominations, one who is ever on the alert for signs of ideological deviation. Early in the Reagan Administration, Helms was able to delay confirmation of a few...

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