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What Makes the Senate Work


Howard Baker, Jr. by Herbert Elmer Abrams

What really makes the Senate work…is an understanding of human nature, an appreciation of the hearts as well as the minds, the frailties as well as the strengths, of one's colleagues and one's constituents…. I formulated my theory that being leader of the Senate was like herding cats. It is trying to make ninety-nine independent souls act in concert under rules that encourage polite anarchy and embolden people who find majority rule a dubious proposition at best.

-Howard Baker, 1998