THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Searching for that Special Formula for Leadership

The Presidency

Jimmy Carter's leadership is in trouble, and the Bert Lance affair is only one symptom.

In Congress, his domestic programs are being carved up. The two leaders on Capitol Hill, Tip O'Neill and Bob Byrd, appear to sense a certain weakness in the President, and so they are assembling small fiefs around themselves. They agree with his programs—mostly. They want him to succeed—mostly. But they are not certain about him, and so they stand at arm's length, making sure they protect their own turf. A little of the power that Carter surely lost in the Lance affair was gathered in by...

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