Richard Darman, RIP

Reihan and Daniel Casse reflect.

The defining portrait of Darman belonged, of course, to the late lamented Marjorie Williams; it's referenced and quoted in Jack Shafer's eulogy for her, and it's included in her posthumous collection, The Woman at the Washington Zoo. Here's how it starts:

Never mind, for the time being, the Freudian slip that brought us to Dick Darman's rec room at 9 on a Wednesday night in June, that's another, more complicated part of the story. At the moment, the man who presides over the world's largest budget is hunting for another set of Ping-Pong paddles - the good paddles.

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