The Nation: The Master of the Maze

On energy and tax bills, Long's way is often the only way

It was more than just a desk. It had once belonged to John C. Calhoun, and that alone made it practically a sacred relic. But it had also been used by Huey P. Long, the Kingfish himself, while he served in the U.S. Senate, and then by his son Rus sell. South Carolina's Senator Olin Johnston coveted that desk. Russell Long was running for Senate majority whip in 1964 when the matter of the desk came up. Long needed every vote he could command or cajole from his colleagues....

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