The House chamber boasted new, plum-colored wall-to-wall carpeting. In the new House office building, the larger-than-life bronze of Sam Rayburn, originally placed so that it faced away from visitors, was turned around. Prices had risen in the Senate and House restaurant, bringing inflation close to home.
In view of President Johnson's new requests, hope was already fading that Congress would adjourn by July so that its members could begin campaigning for November.
Good Soldier. Change was in the air. In a closed-door conference of Senate Democrats, Majority Leader Mike
Mansfield of Montana proposed...