Exit the Californians

Deaver and Clark leave their longtime mentor

The beginning of a President's second term is typically a time of musical chairs. Richard Nixon, who until last November was the only President in 28 years to be elected to a second term, requested written resignations from all his top appointees one day after trouncing George McGovern. Ronald Reagan took precisely the opposite tack, asking all his advisers to stay in place.

Several of Reagan's aides, however, have felt a hankering to move on. Last week it was announced that two of the President's closest California confidants would soon take their leave: Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver wants to...

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