David Eisenhower is a quiet, studious man living in Philadelphia writing books. But according to a new Watergate book, if his father-in-law Richard Nixon hadn't had the problems he did, young Eisenhower would have been on a career path to the White House. Harry Dent, former special counsel to Nixon during his first term, has written a book titled "Cover Up: The Watergate in All of Us," in which he relates the David Eisenhower political dynasty plans.
"David and Julie Eisenhower had their political goals altered by Watergate," he writes. "I worked with the president in devising a strategy to have David elected to Congress from Gettysburg, Pa.; then to the governorship or the United States Senate; and ultimately to the White House." The first step was to get then Gettysburg congressman George Goodling, now deceased, to retire. Goodling's son William denied his father left Congress under pressure from the White House. Dent also writes that Nixon wanted to name his secretary of treasury, John Connally, vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned, but was told the former Texas governor would never be confirmed by Congress. Nixon had wanted Connally to be his successor.
The Congressmen on the List
If you want to rate congressmen and senators, don't go to outsiders, go to someone who knows them. That's what The Washingtonian magazine did in it's annual "best and worst" issue. Having run into criticism when the editors made the choices in the past, the magazine decided this time to send a questionnaire to the press secretary in each of the 535 congressional offices. And so the honors were left to those who know the players best.
More than 200 offices responded and among the results is presidential hopeful Sen. Gary Hart listed as a "fading star." There will be little argument over the "silver-tongued orator" selections, Sen. Fritz Hollings and Rep. Jim Wright, but the "biggest windbags," Rep. Robert Walker and Sen. John Melcher, will undoubtedly dispute their awards. Listed as "showhorses" were Rep. Jack Kemp, another would-be White House contender, and Sen. Paula Hawkins. The ones with the "brightest future" are Rep. Richard Gephardt and Sen. Bill Bradley. Bradley also made the "Rhodes Scholar material" category with Rep. Barney Frank. If the identities of the voters in this secret poll ever get out, there could be some staff openings for press secretaries on the Hill.
Out and About
A month from today, Sir Oliver and Lady Marjory Wright will return home to England, but before they go they will host still two more social events for the Washington arts. On Friday, they will hold a black-tie, $1,000-a-plate dinner at the embassy residence for the Folger Theatre, with a guest list that includes actors Christopher Plummer, Michael York and Helen Hayes, as well as Sens. Ted Stevens and Pete Wilson and former vice president Walter Mondale . . . The following night they will host a reception for the National Symphony at the residence in conjunction with Plummer's narration at Wolf Trap of a National Symphony evening of music inspired by Shakespeare . . .
It appears that the campaign of Jimmy Carter's former chief of staff Hamilton Jordan, in his bid for a Senate nomination from Georgia, is very much alive. Jordon will be in town today for a $150-a-person reception at the law offices of David Rubenstein and later at a $500-a-plate dinner at Rubenstein's Chevy Chase home. Jordon is battling for the Democratic Party nomination with Rep. Wyche Fowler, who has given up his seat to run . . .
Tonight's Franz Liszt Centennial Celebration Concert almost was canceled yesterday when Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker canceled out. It was then that Jeffrey Kahane, winner of the 1981 Arthur Rubenstein competition in Tel Aviv, who performed with the National Symphony, stepped in and will be at the keyboard tonight . . .
Marta Istomin, the Kennedy Center's artistic director, was one of six to be honored by the Spanish government at the Spanish ambassador's residence. The award, the Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, is one of Spain's highest honors. Others from the area receiving the award are Father Antonine Tibesar of the Franciscan Order of Washington and University of Virginia professors Charles Julian Bishko, history emeritus, and Javier Herrero, Spanish Department chairman . . .
Ron Reagan, the son, is the cover boy on two magazines this month: as a little boy with his dad on the new magazine Fathers and on Vanity Fair, where he appears in star-spangled red, white and blue glory. On the inside, however, in a repeat of his now-famous "Saturday Night Live" performance, he posed in his underwear again. This time in appropriate Fourth of July bright red briefs.