The Nation: Lance Comes Out Swinging

A country slicker tangles with a divided, defensive committee

Even for a nation long saturated with theatrics in Washington, the spectacle was fascinating. Easy-going Bert Lance, the country slicker whose financial low jinks as a Georgia banker had deeply imperiled his survival as Jimmy Carter's most intimate and visible Cabinet official, had turned from an amiable Teddy-bear figure into a charging grizzly. Seizing his long-promised day in court, the man widely considered doomed tore into his tormentors, sent a senatorial committee into confusion in nationally televised hearings and gave himself, however temporarily,...

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