National Affairs: Behind Closed Doors

As one of at least four Senate Democrats with serious presidential hopes. Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson had seemed strangely subdued since the beginning of the 86th Congress, second session. He had neglected to deliver to the Democratic Party conference the personal "state of the union" speech that he usually managed to make just a day or so before President Eisenhower's official State of the Union message. He had, with apparent meekness, given in to the demands of a little group of Senate Democratic liberals that he convene party conferences at their beck and call. He had even held onto his...

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