In the musty corners of the Capitol, Republican leaders now say among themselves that Ronald Reagan has about three months to demonstrate the worthiness of his economic program before a political firestorm engulfs his presidency.
Along the power corridor of the White House, a few steps away from the Oval Office, they put the grace period at six to eight months. But in candid moments, Reagan's men admit that they face a lonely vigil through weeks of high unemployment and business decline.
All Washington, it seems, is pondering the President's mind these days and wondering about this classic drama of leadership. Is...