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I am confused... 【Thus the Vice President's problems were not of his making. They were institutional; as any of his thirty-six predecessors in the office could have told him, they came with the territory. Unrealistically, Kennedy looked to him to take a strong hand on the Hill. This meant more than liaison. Larry O'Brien, the President's Special Assistant in charge of legislative liaison, provided enough of it for the entire Afro-Asian bloc. What the Chief Executive really wanted was a Vice President who could act as though he were still a majority leader, and that was impossible; it couldn't work. In the early Kennedy days Washington's press corps had briefly assumed that the performance might be a success. It was a failure, though not of will, as the President came to conclude.】 1.what does " Kennedy looked to him to take a strong hand on the Hill." mean? does "look to" mean "wish"? "the Hill" mean "Capitol Hill"? and what does "take a storng hand" mean? 2.what does "This meant more than liaison." mean? they are talking about "liaison?" I really didn't get it. 3." provided enough of it" I wonder, enought of "what"??
Nov 3, 2012 1:22 PM
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Liaison in this setting refers to the ongoing communication and relationship development between the White House and the members of Congress (Capitol Hill). To be a liaison is much LESS powerful than being a high-ranking member of the Congress itself, as LBJ had been. The power of the majority leader to control the process of legislation is quite a force! Kennedy had hoped that LBJ, as vice president, could continue to pressure and control members of Congress, as he would have been able to do when he was majority leader, but this was unrealistic. A liaison just does not have power.
November 3, 2012
1. look to someone to do something = expect someone to do something look to Usage Problem 1. To expect or hope to: He looked to hear from her within a week. 2. This refers to what he was looking to him to do. Taking a strong hand refers to much more than just liaison. 3. Enough of liaison.
November 3, 2012
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