People whose opinions I respect and who know the Senator tell me he is a good, honorable, caring man. I also hope that’s true. But I mostly hope that he is a clever, calculating, ambitious politician with his eyes on the White House. He could of course be both; the best politicians know that good policy can make good politics, and that the choice between doing what is right and what is popular is a false one. But I really hope he’s being shallow and clever in addition to whatever he happens to believe.
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