Maybe he just can't help himself. Phil Gramm, the Robespierre of the Republican right and a man with a startlingly real shot at the presidency, just can't seem to avoid making people mad. That includes his wife Wendy Lee Gramm, whose first meeting with him tells you almost everything you need to know about the temperament of the senior Senator from Texas.

They met in 1969, when Gramm, then a professor of economics at Texas A&M, was interviewing her for a teaching position. Gramm started flirting with her during the interview, while his alarmed colleagues cautioned him to back off. Gramm...

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