Nation: Choosing for the Chairman

Old friends and old ways are helping Reagan select his Cabinet

At a meeting to discuss Cabinet appointments, one of Ronald Reagan's trusted friends turned to him and said how worried he was about the complexity of the task confronting them. A relaxed Reagan replied, "We were scared 14 years ago, but it turned out all right."

Indeed, Reagan's choices for the Cabinet, which will probably be announced next week, were being made by resorting to much the same system and many of the same people he had relied on to pick his top assistants when he was elected Governor of California in...