Everything was possible, yesterday.
The most famous was none of them -- all being outgloried by a movie-star wife.
One had been a professional basketball player, but that stopped counting for much as soon as the winning vote was cast.
One was youth, at 26.
One was a very gray freshman at 68.
All were winners, even -- or especially -- the daughter of Alf Landon, whom the country forgot about in hordes in 1936.
There were 77 new members in the House, 20 in the Senate of the 96th Congress, and yesterday was the day they got to eat the bacon they'd brought home on election day. They toasted themselves in benisons of song from a black quintet; in Dr. Pepper, in cheers raised with the last victory speeches of a long, long year now over.
All, of course, will spend less, tax lighter and sweep harder, as new brooms should do, and at the great susurrus of receptions all over the Hill, most still believed it -- except, of course, for the Old and Great Ones who glided in to offer welcomes, and remember the day in their own lives when everything was possible. Henry Allen
The bulk -- "just say over 200 pounds" -- of "Baseball Bill" Holdforth helped fill the Federal Room at the Capital Hilton last night, where close to 150 quests attended a reception welcoming Minnesota's two new Republican senators, David F. Durenberger and Rudy Boschwitz.
Durenberger defeated Robert Short, the man who moved the Washington Senators to Texas, an action loudly mourned by baseball fan Holdforth. During the last congressional campaign, Holdforth formed a committee to keep Short our of Washington "in any capacity."
While keeping his tie in place with the Kennedy PT boat clip, Holdforth, a Democrat, presented Durenberger with an old Washington Senators pennant and baseball cap, saying, "I now make him an official Washington Senator."
Durenberger sat the cap on his head, held the pennant across his chest and told the crowd, "I enjoy the job already." He then told Holdforth, "I don't know what I can do to bring baseball back to Washington, but I will bring politics back to Minnesota."
Earlier in the evening, Durenberger, an avid outdoorsman with four sons ranging in age from 11 to 15 said, "I had a call from my 11-year-old. When he heard we would be living a mile from the Potomac River he made me promise to take him fishing."