The Congress: A Vote for Non-Leadership

"So help me God," the tall, white-haired Democrat from South Carolina told the House in an emotion-choked voice, "we are going to have a follow-on bomber if it kills me. If I live, I am determined to get my nation a bomber." It was Lucius Mendel Rivers in the kind of histrionic performance to be expected during a tense debate. But there was no debate. When the Armed Services Committee chairman was finished, the House gave him a standing ovation and voted 356 to 2 in favor of his bill authorizing $931...

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