The Congress: Close to Kingship

Not since the floor days of Lyndon Johnson and, for a brief while, the fitful reign of Oklahoma's late Democratic Senator Robert Kerr, has the U.S. Senate had anything close to a king. But now moving toward that position is a most unlikely person: Illinois' Everett McKinley Dirksen, 68, a politician of many ups and downs and backs and forths, whose only present power lever is that of leader of an underwhelming minority of 33 Republicans.

The first secret of Dirksen's success is the fact that the lopsided Senate Democratic majority is split...

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