The Judiciary: Profile in Brinkmanship

The only major issue left on the Senate's agenda last week was, in a sense, a family affair—and the family was there in force to hear it out. In the galleries sat Ethel Kennedy in beige, Joan Kennedy in pink, Eunice Kennedy Shriver in purple. On the floor, New York's Senator Robert Kennedy had borrowed a colleague's seat for a better view of the action. The chamber was unusually still as Massachusetts' tall, blue-suited junior Senator rose to speak. "The question before the Senate," Edward Kennedy began, "is the confirmation of the appointment...

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