The Congress: Blurred Lines at Half-Time

Happily complying with tradition. Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott stepped into the office of his Democratic counterpart, Mike Mansfield, to telephone the President and tell him that the Senate had ended its work for the year. For six minutes, Scott was bounced among White House secretaries and operators. Senator who? Senator Scott? Speak to the President? For what purpose? Is it urgent? While Scott squirmed at the nonrecognition, Mansfield smiled. The entire unproductive session had been marked by similarly confused communications between the Administration and the Congress.

Despite his cool relationship with...

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