The Nation: Can Carter Afford Lance?

The White House says Bert will not go, but keeping him is proving costly

When Bert Lance made a long-scheduled appearance at the Southern Governors Conference in San Antonio last week, it was inevitable that someone would ask him the question: Was he going to resign as director of the Office of Management and Budget? With the aw-shucks, bear-like amiability that has characterized his conduct throughout the exhaustive inquiries into his tangled financial dealings, the beleaguered Bert merely grinned and replied, "I've given no thought to that. I'm there to do a job." Then...

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