SCOOP: The Life and Politics of Senator Henry M. Jackson by Peter J. Ognibene

SCOOP: The Life and Politics of Senator Henry M. Jackson

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A moderately critical biography of the senior Democratic senator from Washington State. Jackson comes from the tough, working-class town of Everett outside Seattle, but he's never been truly tough himself and, even after he entered Congress, relied on his sisters to tie his ties for him. A humorless man, vengeful toward ""enemies,"" the former beneficiary of heavy local and national GOP support has recently been disappointed, according to Ognibene, by the electorate's unqualified indifference to his presidential candidacy. This book shows him as a legislative Macher on the National Environmental Policy bill, and a key Nixon operator during SALT talk imbroglios. The central muckrake is a demonstration that Jackson came very tardily to his status as a leading Zionist spokesman (though there are few Jewish voters in his constituency, Ognibene says he is after big Democratic contributions). Indeed, he kept quiet during the 1967 war, and maintains membership in such anti-Semitic clubs as the Chevy Chase. Jackson's anti-Japanese record, an explicitly racist one, is also documented. There is a bare paragraph on his recent attraction to Man's China, and though the book acknowledges the Jackson reputation as ""senator from Boeing,"" this relationship is not explored--Jackson's cold war stand is presented as a matter of his personal outlook. A record but not a probe.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1975
Publisher: Stein & Day