The Congress: Poor John

Alabama's John Sparkman, 65, is a shambling, soft-spoken man who ought to feel about as safe in his seat as any member of the U.S. Senate. After all, he is one of those "entrenched" Southern Democrats, with 28 years on Capitol Hill, including the past 18 in the Senate. He is the No. 2 man on the Foreign Relations Committee and, more important, has sponsored all sorts of legislation vital to his state's economy, like help for housing and small businesses. He shares with his colleague Lister Hill, also a TVA liberal,...