A Dazzling Array of Opportunity

Kirkpatrick steps into a sizzling new career on the political circuit

For most people, leaving high public office quickly leads to a loss of prominence. Not so for Jeane Kirkpatrick. Ten weeks after returning to private life from her four-year stint as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the blunt-spoken Kirkpatrick has become a star on the lecture circuit, a hero within her newly adopted Republican Party and probably the most talked-about, albeit undeclared, electoral newcomer on the political scene. Though Kirkpatrick finds the glare of personal celebrity "very unexpected," she is passing up few opportunities to make the most of it. "I get a lift from speaking out," she says. "And...

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