U.S. At War: Tortist's Retort

For the last five years, a flashy plebe lawyer named Edward Fretwell Prichard Jr., 27, has gagged his way through Washington as the fat man's Tommy Corcoran.

This cocky, whip-smart, 260-lb. jumbo could: 1) eat a dozen eggs at a sitting, 2) bat out a brilliant legal opinion with his eyes closed, 3) keep cocktail parties in stitches with slapstick impersonations of Herbert Hoover and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Picturesque "Prich" Prichard arrived in Washington with a cum laude degree from Harvard Law School, and without the distinction of not being a protege of Justice Felix...