Striking Out

Another defeat fo Jesse Helms

The galleries of the ornate chamber were but two-thirds full, and the Senators chatted amiably and joked with one another as they filtered onto the floor last week. Yet if the mood seemed light and frivolous, the vote was decidedly not: for the fourth time in one week, Jesse Helms, Republican of North Carolina and sachem of the New Right, failed to end a liberal filibuster against his measure to allow organized prayer in public schools. With that defeat, his much vaunted agenda of social issues, ranging from banning...

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