Could Be the Party's Over

Deficits loom, defense decisions wait, diplomacy beckons; welcome back, sir

It was not quite whistling in the dark. But the high spirits at 30,000 ft. as Air Force One carried Ronald Reagan and his top aides away from a balmy vacation in the West and back toward the duties of running the Government from Washington seemed out of sync with the stiff challenges ahead. Chief of Staff James Baker turned his Texas tenor loose on country music that only he could hear through his earphones. Communications Adviser David Gergen, fresh from an outing...

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