Right Man for the Rights Job?

A Reaganite who may not pass Senate muster

Conservative Professor Ernest Lefever, 61, went to work at the State Department just two weeks after the President's Inauguration. His posting: Assistant Secretary-designate for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Not everyone was ecstatic about the choice; his detractors included human rights activists, religious groups, liberal politicians and newspaper editorialists. New and popular Presidents, however, tend to be permitted the nominees they want, and Lefever, in testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, airily dismissed his opponents as "Communist-inspired." Yet after two rancorous days of hearings last week, Lefever appeared to have a good chance...

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