Opinion: Moynihan's Memo Fever

Maynihan's Memo Fever

As a renegade liberal in a relatively conservative White House shop, Daniel Patrick Moynihan has never had any illusions that life would be easy. He knew he would be under skeptical scrutiny from both left and right, and so he has been. Yet his love of the provocative phrase and the unorthodox idea is so irrepressible that his numerous memos to the President are the kind of documents that inspire huzzahs of approval or howls of censure, depending upon the perspective of the reader. They also seem to have...