The Nation: The Democrats' Mr. Fixit

The courtly Missourian has been helping Democrats out of jams for three decades. Last week elegant, silver-haired Clark Clifford, sometimes peering through a pince-nez, was at the side of pudgy, rumpled Bert Lance, carefully guiding him through the thicket of charges and questions. As Lance read his occasionally theatrical opening statement, Co-Author Clifford silently mouthed the words along with him. At one point the Senators paused in their rambling cross-examination to ask Clifford's expert help in interpreting a loan agreement that had been signed by his client. Clifford was the coolest and best-prepared...

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