Al From: A Public Policy Entrepreneur

Domestic-issues coordinator AL FROM yanked the Democrats back to the center

Al From doesn't look happy to be back in power. Bill Clinton's chief domestic policy planner for the transition appears to be under siege: the austere Little Rock office that From shares with two assistants is strewn with unsolicited faxes, dotted with little yellow Post-it notes and littered with long-forgotten telephone messages stamped URGENT. From endures surprise visits from special-interest pleaders, insinuating state party officials and reconnoitering reporters. After politely thanking another briefcase-toting visitor for the 75-page list of "action items," From sighs. "This," he says wearily, "is my life."

Yet From is enjoying a vindication of a kind. During the...

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