Turning to coming events on the "Home Frontier," the Washington columnist predicted that President Kennedy's school aid bill would be defeated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the current fight over aid to parochial schools. The conflict is "very serious," Pearson declared. He reported that Rep. John McCormack (D-Mass.) is privately grumbling that Kennedy is "anti-Catholic." Kennedy, according to Pearson, has described the House Democratic Majority Leader as "the Archbishop of Boston."
The Depressed Area bill is in for "rough sledding," but Pearson thinks "it will squeak through." He said the bill would probably be badly crippled by a rider demanding appropriations for projects be reviewed every year.
Kennedy is finding life even tougher on the "Foreign Frontier," Pearson said. "You can not solve foreign problems unless you have the tools to work with."
He observed that Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko did not "give an inch" during his lengthy conference with Secretary of State Rusk last week, and added that the Russians probably would not change their position.
The Soviets "know we are not prepared for a military show-down," he said, and therefore will not grant any concessions.
Other topics brought to light during the evening's ride on the merry-go-round dealt with a wide range of events and people.