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April 6, 2013

Shribman: The Senate that was

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But lawmakers still feel profound frustration, and they don’t feel they are surrounded by what Hart called “large-scale figures.” He listed some colleagues by last name only, knowing he served at a time when Senate surnames sufficed: “Mansfield, Humphrey, (Philip) Hart, Muskie, Nelson, Church, Mathias, Javits, Case, Stennis, Goldwater and many others. All gone. All gone.”

All gone, and with them, something special in American life.

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North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize-winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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