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The Last Great Senate

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ira Shapiro recounts the Senators of the 1960s and 1970s who overcame opposition to civil rights, passed Great Society legislation, and battled the executive branch on Vietnam, Watergate, and its abuses of power. In The Last Great Senate, he looks at how the Senate changed with the 1980 elections, and he offers insight into how the Senate used to work and what happened to diminish it.

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Comments [7]

It's oh so easy for this favored, white, democrat to attempt to rehabilitate the "courteous", "well intentioned", "un-self-interested","bi-partisan" collection of moral midgets that "occupied" the Senate prior to 1980. (Edward Kennedy? - didn't his influence and wealth enable him to dodge a manslaughter charge that arose from a car accident he left?) I'm sure we'll be waiting for Mr. Shapiro's second volume explaining the "right wing republican" strategy [check those facts] of "fillibuster" that was waged in the 1940's, 50's and the early 60's to frustrate any direct vote on needed civil rights legislation.
Why not name this segment "Two hacks Talk Politics"?

Feb. 23 2012 02:30 AM
Thomas Foster from Manhattan

I am with Robin. As a Yankee fan, I never wish to be linked, however metaphorically, with Republicans. I will go so far as to note (for what it is worth) that no Yankee team has ever win a world series during a Republican administration since Barry Goldwater took the stage at the '64 convention and ushered in the modern conservative movement.

Best and love the show,

Thomas Foster

Feb. 22 2012 01:36 PM
Robin from Manhattan

Hi Leonard: You know I love your show, but please, this Yankee Fan did not like being equated with Republicans! Funny comment though... OK we like to win. Does that mean that Democrats want to lose? Maybe they need to hire more pitching coaches.

Thanks for your wonderful show,
Robin

Feb. 22 2012 12:48 PM
dbfitz from Westfield, NJ

Funniest thing I've heard in a LONG time was Leonard Lopate comparing the Republicans to Yankee fans. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Feb. 22 2012 12:43 PM

As I recall, an important aspect of the Flowers of Doomsday ad is that it reflected what many felt at the time, based on Goldwater's own words and proposed policies. The ad certainly amplified these fears, but, unlike Willie Horton, etc., it didn't invent the issue out of whole cloth.

Feb. 22 2012 12:43 PM
Henry from Katonah

Barry Goldwater also returned to the Senate after running for President.

Feb. 22 2012 12:29 PM

LBJ, the last Democrat with testicles!

Feb. 22 2012 12:15 PM

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