Ideologue with Influence

North Carolina's unbending Senator goes his own way

For years he was regarded as a solitary pip-squeak voice on the far right, a lonely ideologue from a Southern backwater. Today he can intimidate the Secretary of State, thwarting Alexander Haig's key sub-Cabinet appointments. When he notifies the White House that he wants to tell Ronald Reagan in person about certain gripes, the President cheerfully agrees to hear him out—even if the message includes a few instructions on how the President should behave as a true Reaganite.

It is an impressive show of personal clout....

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