Sharing Bad Habits with the Boss

A week or so before a little-known Texan named George Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency in 1979, political adviser David Keene telephoned a Washington speechwriter with a desperate plea for help. "We need an announcement statement," Keene explained to Vic Gold. "So what's the problem?" Gold asked. "The problem," answered Keene, "is that David Gergen has been working on it for months."

The conversation helps explain why many Republicans were chortling last week at Clinton's decision to bring on David Richmond Gergen as his top spokesman, with the title of Counsellor to the President. While Gergen, 51, is regarded...

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