A Sense of Where He Is

Persistence on tax reform pays off for Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley has usually had the good fortune to be underestimated. As a basketball player, he was widely regarded as too short and too slow, yet he wound up in the Hall of Fame. As a politician, he is often dismissed as too plodding and too pure. Yet this week, if as expected the Senate passes a < radical and sweeping overhaul of the tax system, Bradley will be able to take pride in the fact that, as he laconically notes, "I kind of suggested the idea."

This week's scheduled vote is not the final hurdle the measure will have to...

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