The Nation: Kissinger: A Growing Issue

As he headed for lunch in Nairobi last week, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was besieged by reporters with questions about President Ford's latest primary defeats. "Why blame me?" Kissinger replied. "I was out of the country." Nevertheless, he added, he was checking every morning to make sure that his plane was still parked at the Nairobi airport.

Behind the lighthearted banter was a grimly sober realization: every time Ford loses a primary, Kissinger is bound to get some—or much—of the blame. When the President lost the North Carolina primary, for example, his...

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