Nation: Thank God Almighty...

Carter puts a pro in charge

Jimmy can't make it without you," said one Carter intimate. "I have no alternative," said the President. And so, almost inevitably, Robert S. Strauss last week gave up his frustrating assignment as Special Ambassador to the Middle East and took up an equally complicated job that he will like much better: running Carter's re-election campaign. Sighed a Democratic National Committee staffer: "Thank God Almighty, Strauss at last."

Carter first discussed the campaign chairmanship with Strauss earlier this year, but the garrulous Texan hankered after a more statesmanlike...

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