The Presidency: The Joy of Governing

Helene von Damm, for several weeks now, has been in search of the great exodus. It is proving elusive. Not a bird or a plane, the great exodus is a phenomenon whose advent is confidently predicted by journalists every two years: the mass departure of political appointees from the Federal Government. Once in a while the journalists are correct. Lack of money, 18-hour days, media prying and policy failures send droves of discouraged reformers back to the family business.

It is now great-exodus season for the Reagan Administration. Von Damm, who is...

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