BLUMENTHAL, Sidney. American, b. 1948. Genres: Politics/Government, Social commentary, History, Theatre. Career: The New Republic, Washington, D.C., National Political Corresp., 1983-85, Sr. Ed., 1990-92; Today Show, NBC-TV, NYC, Commentator, 1984; Washington Post, Staff Writer, 1985-89; The New Yorker, Washington Editor, 1992-94, Special Correspondent, 1994-97; Assistant to the President of the United States, 1997-. Publications: The Permanent Campaign: Inside the World of Elite Political Operatives, 1980, 1982; The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: From Conservative Ideology to Political Power, 1986; (ed. with T.B. Edsall) The Reagan Legacy: A Nation Adrift, 1988; Our Long National Daydream: A Political Pageant of the Reagan Era, 1988; Pledging Allegiance: The Last Campaign of the Cold War, 1990; This Town (play), 1995; State of the Union (play adaptation), 1996; The Clinton Wars, 2003.