Stirring in the Grass Roots

Legislators find their voters wary, but willing to sacrifice

Ronald Reagan routinely asked the White House switchboard last week to find Democratic Congressman Tom Bevill of Alabama so the legislator could be coaxed to support the President's economic program. Ever efficient, the operators found the lawmaker in New Zealand, where it was 4 a.m. The President gushed apologies for waking the Congressman at such an hour. Recalled Reagan: "I wanted to tell him that I was somebody else. It was too late. He knew who it was."

The trans-Pacific call was evidence that not all...

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