Requiem for a Do-Gooder

Reagan's human rights nominee drops out after a Senate setback

The President has got used to winning just about anything he wants, even from Democrats. Last week he suffered his first really embarrassing defeat in choosing policymakers, the rejection of Ernest W. Lefever as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, at the hands of Republicans. After weeks of controversy and days of hearings, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 13 to 4 against confirming him in a job he has been performing since late January.

One of the four supporters, S.I....

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