Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

The most noticeable weakness of Congressmen is their timidity. They fear the use to be made of their "record." They are afraid of making enemies. They do not vote according to their convictions from fear of consequences.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 514, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (December 16, 1878).

Written during the struggle with New York's Sen. Roscoe Conkling over "senatorial courtesy."
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