I'M Not a Fool

His legs stretched out in a restaurant booth, Gary Hart looked tired but pleased with himself. He had found private life for seven months unbearable, he said. Now he felt whole again. Nearby, his wife and son sat with half a dozen political volunteers. Hart leaned over the table to spoon some chicken noodle soup from a bowl.

Practicing law and giving lectures, Hart felt discredited and abandoned. He found it an ordeal, he confided, even to drive to work each Monday morning. "You go crazy," he said, "if you're trained to be a quarterback and then sit on the sidelines."...

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