The Presidency: The Establishment Steps In

The Establishment Steps In

Richard Viguerie, the right wing's genial blowtorch, is absolutely correct when he howls that Ronald Reagan has "abandoned every last pretense" of standing up against the Washington establishment. Reagan has lost his presidency for the time being to that moiling collection of political people and purposes that form the capital's core from generation to generation.

It could be the best thing that has happened to him in this season of distress. At the heart of the Establishment are good and wise men and women who so often in times of crisis place the national interest above party and ideology. If Reagan...