June 28, 2014 7:00 PM

Politics and the power of authenticity

When I worked as a Senate aide in the early 1990s, the state of New York was represented by two figures who could hardly have been more different. Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the Senate’s brilliant, urbane, bow-tied intellectual who wrote books on sociology and international law. His colleague was Republican Al “The Pal” D'Amato, a glad-handing, locally focused machine pol, with a grating accent only a New Yorker could love.

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