The Presidency: Potomac Transition Fever

Every morning now, when first light penetrates the Potomac River Valley, consultants, think tankers, reporters, lobbyists, legislative aides and itinerant professors hurry from television screens to newspapers, to car radios, to telephones, and finally to their In boxes, rummaging for new data on the Reagan transition that can be analyzed, codified and charted.

Washington is a city with a mind shaped like a box score. It is a place where legions exist to prove that what Presidents have done is wrong and what they want to do cannot be done, or will not work if it is done. This kind...

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