An Interview with Mort Kondracke
Our buddy the Real Ugly American scores an interview
with one of the Beltway Boys. Good job!TUA: I would like to ask you about your partner on the Beltway Boys Fred Barnes; how long have you guys been friends now?
Mort: Well let’s see we covered the Ford White House together so that would have been 1975 and then let’s see I was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 1973/74 and he became a Nieman fellow either the year after I was or two years afterwards. I mean he and I have sort of been trailing along before and after each other but we really became friends when he joined the McLaughlin group in about 1988. I think it was when Pat Buchanan quit to run for president one of his times. I can’t remember if that was 88 or 92. Fred was the chief substitute on the McLaughlin group for a long time so it was during the mid to late 80s that we really become good friends.
Pretty sure Buchanan's first run was in 1992.