Rush to Judgment

HIS TIME THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WAS DETERmined to get it right. Haunted by the Zoe Baird debacle, officials vowed there would be no premature announcement, no surprise about illegal aliens, no misreading of public sentiment. So, while staff members completed their check of candidates for the post of Attorney General, the White House floated the name of New York Federal District Judge Kimba Wood to coax any opposition out into the open. When none emerged, word leaked from the White House that the Wood nomination was almost a sure thing. Then last Friday night came the awful deja vu. Again, a...

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