Adam Clymer

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Ted was the Kennedy we saw grow old and die, and it is easiest to remember him for his last decade or two, when he was acknowledged to be a great senator. And, indeed, he did not deserve that status until he abandoned the pursuit of the presidency after 1980.

But in his earliest years in the Senate — when some dismissed him as a playboy or as not very smart — he showed the instincts of a natural in that peculiar body, instincts that later combined with experience to produce legislation on education, health, labor and civil rights that affected hundreds of millions of American lives.…  Seguir leyendo »

Thirty years ago tomorrow, the conservative movement lost a major battle on the way to winning a larger war. On March 16, 1978, the Senate approved — 68 to 32, with just a single vote to spare — the first of two treaties that transferred the Panama Canal to Panama. Conservatives lamented the result, saying it threatened national security and might put the canal in Communist hands.

But losing the canal led to important victories for conservatives. The transfer of the canal to Panama provided the margins for defeatof five Democratic senators in 1978 and 1980, enough to give Ronald Reagan a Republican majority when he took office in 1981.…  Seguir leyendo »