Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Times Magazine article featuring Tom Cole

A Case of the Blues
by Benjamin Wallace-Wells

Mar 30, 2008 New York Times

The Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole is 58 years old, but he has never been famous before, and after this year, he will most likely never be famous again. Even this kind of fame, brief and slight, is uncomfortable on him. Cole is a party man, a lifelong Republican consultant, campaign worker and politician whose career, like that of a typical European Social Democrat, has recognized only a fluid and fungible line between political operative and elected official. It sometimes seems an accident he's in Congress at all. He is tall and slightly formal, and slightly awkward; people who meet him casually describe him as cordial or gentlemanly. The Republican Party, in its current uncertainty, might have chosen an ideologue to fill Cole's post or, as is its habit, a money man. Its choice of Cole, an operative, was the establishment insisting that its own learned habits were enough to save itself. "Right now, with where we are," Ken Mehlman, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, told me, "Tom Cole is the perfect leader." Read the entire story at the link:

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