Nation: View from the Carter Bunker

An exclusive look at the winner's operatives in action

THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

Getting there was only half the fun for Carter's political operatives. Once established in New York City, they confronted the mission impossible of making everything seem to work to the advantage of their boss—and to have everything that did work happen in prime time.

Inside the tiny, cramped trailer, the two managers of Jimmy Carter's campaign sat huddled together, tense but confident that they had control over the nearby convention floor. This was Monday evening and the fight over delegate rules would settle things once and for all. Robert Strauss and Hamilton...

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