As a college kid working in his White House, I saw what he's talking about. DC Dem elites undercut Jimmy Carter at every turn, especially once they decided to rally around Ted Kennedy against him. Carter's blunt claim that Kennedy scuttled health reform to make room for his own presidential ambition is not without merit. But some of it was Carter's own fault. He failed to assert control over the party establishment, starting with the Democratic National Committee -- which aided and abetted the internal insurgency against their own president. However history shakes it down, I am convinced of one thing: Liberal Washington Democrats who abandoned Carter helped make Ronald Reagan's presidency possible.
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