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All the
WHEN JOHN F. KENNEDY moved into the
in 1961, be brought with him what was deem
Mafia." The inner-circle of Lyndon Johnson wE
Washington power spheres as "the Texans." Then
ard Nixon from the West Coach with his entourage
advertising executives. Gerald Ford's hasty ascen
Presidency was characterized by an equally h
mite House staff, composed. largely of Nixon h
Q faces in the Republican party. Then came Ji
Carter campaigned on his anti-Washingtoni

ianism, and marching North to victory le sen
on social circuits into a frenzy by bringing hi
Georgians, the Peanut Mafia. Their "good ol
has turned off many veterans of Capitol Hill
1 with the White House liaisons and their easy
style. And many Washington bureaucrats 1o
e new boys in town" for their inexperience t
up In the still unfilled sub-cabinet level po
posts are still vacant, and Carter Cabinetn
1.ring to spend extra time doing the work of t
#sen subordinates.
Urdness at Capitol Hill protocol, the Georgian
ging to the White House a casual inform
er Nixon and even under Ford. They all woi
ing the campaign and still refer to each othe
"Jode" and "Jimbo." But for all their inf
owledge of relative power and a jockeying
t is kept- hidden behind broad Georgian grins
No wvhere is this tone of the new Carter White
velant than in the powerful chief of staff po
kon White House, H.R. Haldeman as chief of
nether with John Ehrlichman the "Berlin Wall
% h ofor the two 'Germans who screenede
pilty that had. -a chance of reaching the Presi
pointments were made through the Germans, all
to the Germans, and all important news for ti
was first related to the Germans.
H.R. "Bob" Haldeman was one of the Califo
lie was an advertising account executive with t
l'hompson Agency before his conversion to Richa
described himself in 1968 as "a coordinator, ra
Innovator'- a technician, rather than a policy
significantly; Haldeman's frame of reference w

of advertising, and to him, merchandising took precedence
over ideology. Perhaps that is what prompted Newsweek to
White House write as far back as 1968 that "In truth, Haldeman's real
ed his "Irish commitment seems to be to Richard Nixon."
as known in
came Rich- WHEN HALDEMAN RESIGNED in the wake of the Water-
of California gate fiasco hitting the proverbial fan, Alexander Haig took
idency to the over the helm and ran the White House just as militaristi-
astily chosen cally as his general's stars dictated. Haig did not get to es-
oldovers and tablish the power center of his predecessor, however, as his
mmy Carter. term was short-lived. With Gerald Ford and the sweeping
establishmen- out of the White House came Donald Rumsfeld.
nt the Wash- Donald Rumsfeld is a politician and makes no bones about
is own troop it. He changed the name of his position to "staff coordinator"
d boy" man- to erase the taint of Watergate militaristicness, but the power
1 who cannot remained just as concentrated. He devised a departmentalized
-going South- staff 'system that reduced the power of his rivals, and he
ook down on filled the White House with his hand-picked allies. He used
that is show- the post as a springboard for his political ambition that some
ositions. Half call ruthlessness, but that ambition netted "Rummy" the title
members are of Secretary of Defense in the big Ford White House shuffle
heir still un- of November, 1975.
JIMMY CARTER professes no need for a chief staff per-
CE and awk- son, wanting his 'door always open to Cabinet members and
s are indeed staff. But in terms of real White House power, Hamilton Jor-
ality missing dan (or "Jerden" in Southern drawl) has emerged as the
rked together toughest in-fighter of the Peanut Mafia. Beneath his no-tie,
r as "Ham," feet-on-the-desk easy manner, and behind the facade of the
ormality lies joshing, joke-telling country boy, lies a shrewd organizer.
for position At only 32 years old and with no experience in national elec-
., tions, "Ham" masterminded Jimmy Carter's two-year drive
House more for the Presidency. During the transition period, Jordan man-
sition. In the aged to hold on to and build a firm power base in the White
staff formed House, against the ambition of "newcomers" brought in to
," the media help with the change over.
every iota of Jordan controls the West Wing of the White House, but
dent. All ap- where his power may compare with Haldeman or Rumsfeld
memos went his casual manner makes him appear deceptively insignifi-
the President cant. He refers to himself as a mere "gopher," (go for french
fries, etc.), but his part in handing out administration jobs
rnia Ad-men. and his role as White House liaison to the Democratic Na-
he J. Walter tional Committee has led House Speaker Thomas P. ("Tip")
rd Nixon. He O'Neil to refer to him as "Hannibal Jordan."
ther than an
man." More AND THERE IS NO DOUBT that as the administration
as the world jobs finally get filled, "Ham" will turn his attention to stack-

ing the Democratic Committee with Carter people, part of
the plan he is already masterminding to ward off an already
anticipated 1980 primary fight with California Governor Ed-
mund G. Brown.
If Hamilton Jordan is "the President's man," then not
too far behind is Press Secretary Jody Powell. Powell, like
Jordan, was one of the original Georgians who engineered
Carter's run for the Presidency. And also like Jordan, Powell
underrates his own power as Press Secretary while his em-
pire encompasses all areas of public relations. And what's
more, Powell enjoys what his predecessors lacked - a close,
confidant relationship with his boss. Powell . is not likely to
fall into the Ron Ziegler syndrome of becoming a puppet for
the President, since "Jode" is likely to be consulted on every
major decision as one of Carter's top aides.
The Patriarch of the West Wing is Robert Lipshutz, the
elder member of the Carter inner-circle (he is 55). His man-
ner is more deliberate, his style is more organized, in sharp
contrast to the "aw shucks" shrugged shoulders of Jordan or
Powell. As Carter campaign treasurer, Lipshutz enjoys that
same inclusion in tightly-knit Peanut Mafia as "Ham" and
"Jode," and as their elder and as an attorney, he adds a
more professionalized experience to what might be a slip-shot
operation run by the young outsiders. Lipshutz presides at
the staff meetings and mediates the debates, which is prob-
ably just as well with Hamilton Jordan who is then free to
do the backstage manipulating.
ONE MORE STAFFER who cannot be slighted in any
analysis of White House power is Margaret "Midge" Costan-
za, assistant for special interest groups. She is not one of
the Peanut Mafia in any sense of the word; She's a north-
erner (New York) aqd the only outspoken liberal among the
staffers. Her job is to be Carter's liaison with interest groups
and with the people (she arranged son Chip Carter's trip to
Buffalo). But with Costanza expanding her role more and
more to one of advisor, plus the prestige of the office right
next to Carter's, Costanza is constantly clashing with aide
Hamilton Jordan. "You didn't hire me, Hamilton, the Presi-
dent did!" is her constant retort, but most insiders believe
that unless "Midge" learns the power game in the West Wing,
she may fall prey to "Hannibal's" shrewd manipulating and
find herself tucked safely away in some second floor cubicle.
ONE EARLY VICTIM in the power struggle from which
Jordan built his West Wing empire was 38-year-old attorney
Jack Watson. Watson had been brought in as director of the



transition team after the election, but when a rivalry de-
veloped between Watson and Jordan, it was the latter who
proved the more successful operative. Watson is now on the
second floor with the non-descript title of Cabinet secretary.
So what is the difference between the Carter White House
and the palace guard of the Nixon years? The difference is
more style than substance. Hamilton Jordan is every bit as
powerful as H.R. Haldeman and he is just as politically acute
as Donald Rumsfeld. Like Haldeman, Jordan's only allegiance
is to the President he got elected, and like Rumsfeld, Jordan's
keen sense of the game of maneuvering has and will con-
tinue to benefit his allies and reduce any potential rivals to
powerlessness. Only unlike H.R. Haldeman, Hamilton Jordan
is genuinely at ease and can remain casual and joking while
not abandoning his "good old boy" image. And unlike Rums-
feld, Jordan has no aspirations for higher office ... yet.
Jimmy Carter's attempts to de-imperialize the palace guard
are more than just token efforts. By cutting the number of
White House limousines, Hamilton Jordan now arrives every
morning by bus or dropped off by his wife. Jody Powell drives
his old 1966 Volkswagon. And by giving the prestigious "office-
next-to-the-President's" to Margaret Costanza, the least pow-
erful member of the staff, Carter is indeed keeping the
Georgians in check. He can also keep the reigns on his Pea-
nut Mafia by having Vice-President Mondale as "Chief staff
his White House operations are concerned. He is given no
official power, but no major decision is likely to emerge
without at least prior consultation with the vice-President.
Thus, there is likely to emerge in the White House an
amalgam of consultants to the President, each with a dif-
ferent frame of reference. Unlike Richard Nixon, who got
only the opinions of advertising executives looking at the world
as a business, and unlike the Republican old-timers of the
short-lived Ford White House, Jimmy Carter will be advised
from a multi-ring spectacle. Jordan will be the chief and
undisputed political advisor and operative, Powell will special-
ize in public relations, but what the two lack in Washing-
ton experience, Mondale can make up for with his Senate
background. Mondale will also be the President's liaison with
the liberal wing of the party, but what he lacks in the way
of being a Carter insider in the true sense of the word, White
House Council Robert Lipshutz can make up for. Margaret
Costanza, despite her shaky position, keeps the President on
good terms with the women, as she is the only woman on
the staff with any position of any real command.

Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
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partments in his grad- directors will be taken away from
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population planning.
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KEN PARSIGIAN . Editorial Director
LOIS JOSIMovICH .................. Arts Editor
JAY LEVIN ,.. . ............ Managing Editor
GEORGE LOBSENZ ....... Managing Editor
MIKE NORTONE .Managing Editor
MARGARET YAO .............. Managing Editor
Weater Forecasters
Magazine Editors
3 rAF WFITERS: Owen Barr, Susan Barry,
. BrnaBtanchard, richael Beckman, Phillip
Boho~voy, Linda Brenners, Lori Carrut hers, Ken
Chotiner, EileenDale Ron DeKett, Lisa Fish-
er, David Goodman, Mamnie Heyn, Robb Haim-
es, Michael Jones, Isni Jordan, Janet Klein,
S:egg Kruppa, Steve Kursman, Dobilas Matu-
,n,,i St'i u McConnell. Torn Meyer, Jenny Mil-

gay rights
To The Daily.
It grieves me that any person
should come to feel so worth-
less that he is led to take his
own life -- particularly when
the depression comes from
scorn and contempt shown by
neighbors who are honestly try-
ing to live according to Biblical
Christian principles, as I be-
lieve Anita Bryant and most
members of her crusade against
homosexuality are honestly try-
ing to do. But as much as I re-
gret Herbie Ramos' suicide, I
cannot join Kevin Switzer and
Dan Tsang in their vituperation

profoundly immoral or pro-
foundly disturbed individuals.
While I am not sure that it is
wise to try to impose criminal
sanctions on them for their pri-
vate sexual conduct, I will nev-
er permit my young children to
be taught by a homosexual, and
I do not blame Anita Bryant for
feeling the same way.
Ordinances like Dade Coun-
ty's have led to marvelous ab-
surdities. Consider the plight of
the Big Brothers charitable or-
ganization of Minneapolis, which
for 45 years has recruited male
volunteers to serve as compan-
ions and role models for father-


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and ordered Big Brothers (1) to
reveal what they know about
the affectional preferences of
applicants only if requested to
do so in writing by the mother
of the child, (2) to place special
advertisements for volunteers in
gay publications, (3) to seek
volunteer referrals from the
area's Gay House, Inc., and (4)
to send its staff to a seminar
run by Gay House. (Editorial,
Wall Street Journal, 16 March
1977). If the ruling stands, it
will, of course, kill Big Broth-
ers, Inc. in Minneapolis.
Sexual perverts have no place
as role models for young boys.

liked to chase skunks. I loved
that dog, but I did not care to
be around her after she had
been perfumed by her play-
mates. Fortunately, she was
willing to be cleansed of the
odor. Had she insisted on re-
taining it - or on reacquiring it
too frequently - I would have
had to avoid her companion-
ship, my love for her nothwith-
I would spend at least as
much time helping a homosex-
ual overcome his perverted
sexuality as I spent scrubbing

my dog with tomato juice, as
distasteful as the scrubbing
process might be at times for
both of us. But I will not pre-
tend that his homosexuality is
any less perverse or disgusting
than it is, nor do I care to
be around him (or trust my chil-
dren to him) as long as he
chooses to wallow in it. With
Anita Bryant, I will not meekly
accept any law which forces
me, and the great majority of
my fellow citizens, to hold our
noses or bear the stench.
-Gregory S. Hill

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