The Nation: A Manager for Muskie

Senator Edmund Muskie felt tired and ill. His replies on a television show were cold and argumentative, and one of his aides, Berl Bernhard, bluntly told Muskie that it was a bad performance. When Muskie publicly berated his staff for a bad press release, Bernhard protested firmly that such scoldings were not "particularly productive." The Senator scowled, then smiled. "Look, Nag," Muskie told Bernhard, "I'll stop knocking the staff if you'll stop telling the press I'm contentious and ill-tempered."

Last week Muskie selected Bernhard, 41, to direct his still unannounced presidential campaign. "There...

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