The Press: Punder on The Right

Carter's newest speechwriter

If Bert Lance ever needs another loan, he might consider asking William Safire. The Nixon-Agnew speechwriter-turned-columnist surely has the money, having made about $1 million from his bestselling Washington novel, Full Disclosure (TIME, July 4). He also has a personal admiration for Lance. "A likable man," says Safire, "and one of the very few in the Carter Administration to return my phone calls."

Lance is not likely to be queuing at Safire's window any time soon. Despite his fondness for the now defrocked Budget Director, Safire was one of Lance's most...

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