The Natural: A Feel for Politics

John Sasso excels at a very simple thing: he listens. He fixes people with a steady gaze and, unlike most political operatives, does not cut them short. It is a disarming trait and not a parlor trick. Sasso actually takes what he hears and factors it into his plans. For he is, above all, a strategist, and any bit of stray information will be used to formulate his design.

Sasso also excels at a very difficult task: he makes Michael Dukakis listen. The Governor has said Sasso, 41, is like a brother to him. The unassuming Sasso is like the outgoing,...

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