TAMING THE TROOPS

A ZEALOUS CROP OF HOUSE FRESHMEN WANTS TO YANK THE AGENDA RIGHTWARD

Newt Gingrich, once the naughtiest kid in town, now chief grownup of the House, is finding out what elders are always discovering about the generation behind them: kids just won't listen. When the Republicans flooded Congress a few weeks ago, nearly a third of their House majority was supplied by 73 freshmen. The shock troops of the revolution, they were hard to the right and unbeholden to the old order. Almost half of them had never held office of any kind before. Even so, they were presumably obliged to the new Speaker, who had nurtured them for years via his political-action...

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