The Political Interest: Downsizing the Giants

Downsizing the Giants

What happened to Bill Bradley and Mario Cuomo? Two weeks ago they were giants, demigods, future Presidents. Today they are mere mortals; not crippled, certainly, but diminished.

In New Jersey, it is said that Bradley was punished by voters upset with Governor Jim Florio's $2.8 billion tax increase. That was part of it, but the main reason Bradley almost lost is that he threw away his ace. For 12 years Bradley was that rarest of breeds, a politician of decency, candor and intellect. "He looked at issues one at a time, voted as he thought right and never ducked," says G.O.P....

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