Waiting For Opportunity to Knock

Tom Foley is the Accidental Tourist of American politics

As the No. 2 man in the Democratic leadership, House majority leader Tom Foley should emit that almost audible hum of ambition that can be heard at the upper reaches of political power. But no, not a sound. It took considerable pushing and prodding to get him to enter politics at all. And when he did jump ( in, it was "accidents," he insists, that kept advancing his career. "The important thing," he says, "is to be prepared when an opportunity comes your way."

Opportunity is coming his way again. As Jim Wright staggers and falls, Foley is being heaped with...

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