Another "Do-Nothing" Congress?

Burns, James MacGregor
November 1954
New Republic;11/15/54, Vol. 131 Issue 20, p6
The American people face two years of murky, dreary and negative politics in Washington. 'This is the central fact that emerges from the elections. The voters gave no mandate to their leaders; they set no compass points for the direction of their affairs. Neither party got an endorsement as a party, nor did a national program win majority backing. Democrats are jubilant over their seizure of U.S. House and Senate. The Democrats have gained their Congressional majorities on the basis of no program. The new majorities will be shot through with political rivalries and ideological differences.


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