Indeed, these demonstrations of senatorial independence created an environment where the pressures for the bill's passage had maximum impact in the final drive for cloture. Once the Dirksen compromise had been worked out, the uncommitted senators had no credible basis for continuing their opposition to cloture or to the bill itself. . . .
There is surely one lesson from the battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Where individuals are willing to work, organize, debate, and when they can refrain from castigating their opponents for moral weakness or an abnormally large consignment of original sin, positive results are possible.