Jesse's Concentric Circles

For most politicians, the inner circle means the old guard, longtime retainers whose chief virtue is loyalty rather than ability. Jesse Jackson has an inner circle, but the individuals seem chosen less for enduring devotion than for immediate usefulness, and their names and places change so often that advising Jackson can seem like a game of musical chairs.

While Jackson's large and varied outer circle of advisers is a racial rainbow, his four closest advisers -- at least for the moment -- are white, and three are Jewish. They include Jackson's campaign manager, Gerald Austin; his economics adviser, Carol O'Cleireacain; his...

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