Gumming Up the Works

How a small but determined group of conservatives is ambushing Clinton's policymaking vanguard

The pounding was relentless. As the latest Clinton Administration nominee sat before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, Senators took their turns delivering the blows. First, South Carolina's nonagenarian Strom Thurmond took up the cudgel, blustering about what he called "a compelling prima facie case that ((Morton Halperin)) is unsuited for any position in the Pentagon" and calling him a man of "deeply flawed judgment" who has failed "to create an impression of reliability or trustworthiness." Then John McCain of Arizona spoke of "profoundly disturbing questions about Halperin's judgment, his credibility, and his suitability to hold a position of responsibility.

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