Nation: Chasing a Future

The candidate is short, boyish despite graying sideburns, and dresses with dash. His hands constantly go to his receding hairline. As he steps away from the pulpit of a synagogue in Queens (because it is "too formal"), in order to address his audience from the aisle, he looks like a misplaced Johnny Carson.

Only rarely does Adam Walinsky publicly display the toughness that won him the sobriquet "Adamant Adam" while he was Robert Kennedy's premier speechwriter. But when a drunk at a construction site baited the dovish Walinsky about his feelings for "the boys...

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