I met briefly with President Carter today at his book signing in Issaquah (You can see the interview here). Unfortunately, we didn't get time to discuss what I thought was an interesting section in his book--his account of considering Henry M. Jackson as a running mate and a falling out Carter later had with our state's legendary Senator.
In his new book of excerpts from his White House diary, Carter recounts a Congressional leaders breakfast to talk about energy legislation. "I particularly wanted Scoop Jackson and Russell Long there so we could have it out among Democrats concerning their differences, very deep and personal. I thought Russell acted moderately and like a gentleman, but Scoop acted like an ass," Carter wrote in his diary at the time.
"Scoop Jackson was a brilliant and competent senator," Carter writes today, reflecting on his diary entry. "An inevitable rift came when we competed as presidential candidates in 1976...I seriously considered him as my vice presidential running mate after I was nominated, and I can only surmise that Scoop resented my choice of Walter Mondale. HIs later attitude made it obvious that he considered himself to be better qualified than I to be president."