Nation: Fallows' Fracas

How to enrage ex-colleagues

"If I had to choose one politician to sit at the Pearly Gates and pass judgment on my soul, Jimmy Carter would be the one," wrote former Presidental Speechwriter James Fallows. Having paid that compliment to the humanity and understanding of his onetime employer, he proceeded to render so harsh a judgment on Carter and his presidency that Fallows' wrathful ex-colleagues at the White House must wish that he had indeed reached the Pearly Gates.

In an Atlantic article entitled "The Passionless Presidency," the 29-year-old Fallows relates how he joined the Carter campaign...

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