There have been some great responses to my list of 20 all-time Senate giants. Richard Russell (D-Ga), who was on my last draft of a list, received support. So did Henry “Scoop” Jackson (D-Wash), whom I somehow managed completely to forget about. Jackson was a giant and would rate serious consideration in a revised list.
Others receiving serious mention were Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Jesse Helms (R-NC), Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.), William Proxmire (D-Wisc.), Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. (R-Mass.), and Nelson Aldrich (R-RI). I’m not convinced on the first four. Lodge is a strong candidate for inclusion. As for Aldrich, I need to do some homework.
My favorite shout was for Johnny Iselin (?-Manchuria).
Of those on my list, Bob Dole recieved the most push back. Dole was a late addition, and given his lack of “the vision thing,” he’d probably be the first to go in a revised list.