From Griffin B. Bell, attorney general in the Carter administration, who is doing some getting even, or something, with former vice president Fritz Mondale and members of the White House staff.
He accuses them of responsibility for the failure of Jimmy Carter's presidency.
Mondale, Bell charges in his forthcoming book, represented the Democrats' liberal wing, not the constituency that elected Carter, and it was "crucial mistake" when Carter gave him an office in the White House and such a prominent role in policy formulation.
Such members of the "Kennedy and McGovern people of the Washington government-in-waiting" should not have been appointed because they were not loyal to Carter, he says.
"Their views were not the same," Bell writes.
"The attempts to gloss over some of the fundamental differences also helped produce the unclear, all-things-to-all-people voice the public heard so often from the administration."
He also charges that Mondale made his office a separate power center in the White House, which he used to interfere in politically sensitive issues before the Justice Department.
The White House staff helped do in Carter because from the minute he took office it was "obsessed" with winning reelection in 1980.
"Kowtowing to single-interest groups to hold their loyalty for the next election prevented him from appearing to have a coherent presidency," Bell says.
Stuart Eizenstat, Carter's chief domestic issues adviser, disagrees. He said Carter's use of Mondale was one of the "major accomplishments" of his administration.