The Presidency: The Culture of Criticism

The Culture of Criticism

Former President Jerry Ford phoned from California to say how distressed he was that 26 members of Congress were locked into the Iran-contra diatribe, rancorously elbowing one another for television time, while the ailing American economy went unnoticed and untended.

Bob Strauss, former head of the Democratic National Committee, was the guest last week for the 2,000th Sperling Breakfast, a capital institution of high cholesterol and high-powered talk. He sat down, eyed his journalistic adversaries and said, "You're being a little harsh, more than a little harsh, on the presidential candidates. They've been described as midgets, pygmies and nobodies. That is...