Campaign Against Baker
P resident Reagan recently rebuked Clymer L. Wright, his 1980 Texas finance chairman, for leading what the President called a campaign of ''sabotage'' against James A. Baker 3d, the White House chief of staff, who stands accused by the Republican far right of watering down Reaganism.
Mr. Wright, a Houston lawyer, apparently does not intend to allow even Ronald Reagan to interfere with his campaign to plug the leaks in Reaganism. While the President and his chief of staff are in Europe, Mr. Wright is rallying conservative leaders in Dallas on Tuesday for what amounts to a Dump Baker meeting. The featured speaker is to be Howard Phillips of the Conservative Caucus.
In a recent letter to the President, Mr. Wright described Mr. Baker as ''an amiable, uninformed, lazy, slightly confused politician'' who had undermined Reagan policies. He sent copies to hundreds of early Reagan supporters who, in the words of a source close to Mr. Wright, responded with a loud chorus of ''right ons.''
Mr. Baker's friends inside the White House do not seem to be taking the Tuesday rally too seriously. It is too bad, they are joking, that the gathering wasn't held two months ago, when the air travel it is generating might have saved Braniff from bankruptcy. Of Mercury and Ballet
M embers of the Royal Danish Ballet arrived in Washington this week complaining about the heat and humidity. After their opening performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evening, company members were guests of honor at a dinner at the Danish Embassy. The temperature dropped suddenly, and guests stood around a crackling embassy fireplace, chatting about the company's 1976 Washington visit.Continue reading the main story
That was when it performed Flemming Flindt's ''The Triumph of Death,'' and to some in the audience, it must have appeared that the heat had overcome the dancers at one point. One guest recalled how they ''tore off their clothes and jumped naked into the orchestra pit.'' The ballet master, Henning Kronstam, said that particular work was no longer in the repertoire. ''Even then,'' he said, ''it was too late. It was four years after 'Oh, Calcutta.' ''
This time, the ballet's opening performance was parlor proper, perhaps because Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark was in the audience. The program featured two Danish classics, one about a church fair, first performed in 1851, and the other a romantic mixture of ballet and Italian folk dances. However, the director promised something ''very naughty'' later in the week, when, he said dancers would ''go native'' in Alvin Ailey's ''Memoria,'' regardless of the weather. Remembering the Liberty
I t has been 15 years since Israeli planes and torpedo boats attacked the Navy technical reasearch ship Liberty with rockets and napalm in the Mediterrean, killing 34 American crewmen and wounding 171. Israel apologized, saying the Liberty had been mistaken for an Egyptian ship.
That official explanation has never been accepted by some of the survivors, who still remember the day that began with Israeli reconnaisance aircraft flying over the Liberty and ended with an attack that caught some crewmen sunning on deck.
Yesterday, many of those survivors gathered here for a weekend reunion, bringing with them haunting memories, theories on why Israel unleashed the attack and bitter complaints about how the United States Government, in their view, ignored important evidence, including crew members' testimony, in its investigation.
The Department of the Army, in a small gesture to the survivors, has agreed to revise the marker on the grave of six Liberty crewmen in Arlington National Cemetery. The marker says the six ''died in the Eastern Mediterrean, June 8, 1967.''
''These guys didn't die, they were killed,'' said Don Blalock, a Liberty survivor. ''Or, to take it a step further, they were murdered. It is important that the world remember that.''
The revised marker will read, ''Killed, USS Liberty, June 8, 1967.'' Phil Gailey Warren Weaver Jr.Continue reading the main story