On Saturday, we lost a truly great American. The man Ronald Reagan rightly thought of as his top hand, William P. Clark, finally - to use his old friend and boss' oft-quoted phrase - "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God."
With the passing last week of William P. Clark came acknowledgments of his amazing accomplishments as President Reagan's "top hand" in the White House, at the State Department, and as secretary of the Interior.
William P. Clark, a national security adviser to President Reagan and Interior secretary, died Saturday after a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 81.
The looming fight over President Obama's so-called New START disarmament treaty with Russia seems to be coming down to one fundamental question: Would Ronald Reagan approve? On the answer may ride nothing less than the re-election prospects of a handful of senators who will decide the fate of this accord if Team Obama succeeds in forcing it to a vote in the last days of the current lame-duck session.
Senate Republicans are at odds over whether to postpone a vote on ratification of the New START arms treaty, or bow to White House pressure and vote by the end of the year.