Nation: The Ostracism of Bert Lance

The White House asks him to fade away

Bert Lance was still fuming last week about the confiscation of Diplomatic Passport X-000065, that official piece of paper certifying to any doubter anywhere that, while he might be out of Government, he still carried clout as Jimmy Carter's good Georgia buddy. "I don't care about the damn passport," Lance told a friend in Atlanta. "But what a lousy way to handle it. They didn't even have the guts to tell me in person." He had, in fact, merely been informed by a bureaucratic letter that his passport had been "audited" and must be...

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