With A Friend Like This . . .

His round face and ready grin make Attorney General Edwin Meese often appear almost cherubic. Not even his harshest critics see him as mean or even unfriendly. Yet Meese is a highly disorganized public official, seemingly oblivious to ethics and reckless in the handling of his modest personal finances. He is now Ronald Reagan's only California confidant left in the Cabinet, but he has been a continual embarrassment to the Administration. Last week it was apparent that his ill-considered advice to the President had been disastrously wrong once again.

It was Meese who bulldozed past the cautions of Chief of Staff...