The Tom I’m referring to was Tom Hayden who died last week. His great contribution was to have married Jane Fonda famous as Barbarella and Hanoi Jane.
Tom was your ordinary mindless Lefty with no saving grace that I ever heard of.
Which is my jumping off point to talk about politicians in general. I’ve known many. I was a legislative analyst in Sacramento in the early 1960’s. I ran many political campaigns, over several decades, created a group called Research in Politics and was close to a number of office holders.
With few exceptions I would say that all were of average intelligence or slightly below. None had any curiosity or a good sense of humor. None were really caring or warm people. All were self-selected egomaniacs. An observation which explains why I was the first person to come up with the idea of a randomly selected legislature. Ordinary people are very different from politicians.
The exceptions to my ‘average intelligence or below’, were Bill Bagley a long-ago Assemblyman from Marin County, Jerry Brown and Huey Newton.
I also knew and liked Richard Nixon but he was not an exception.