A few days later we were in New Jersey, where the senator was staying in touch with his constituents. Since he doesn't have to run for reelection for another five years, this may be said to be the off-season, but, typically, Bradley works the state as industriously as if the Republicans had Rambo running against him this November. Sometime in the afternoon, after he had finished meeting with the editorial board of The Home News in New Brunswick, I buttonholed him one final time, and, in my most solemn, stentorian voice, I said, "Senator, you've had the opportunity through the years of dealing with both the sporting press and the political press. Can you enlighten us as to the differences between the two and identify for us which of these groups of journalists performs its responsibilities more effectively?"
For just a moment, as I began, Senator Bradley heard my tone more than my substance. But he caught on quickly enough. He raised one of those peaked eyebrows higher still, and responded, "I would say that each is unique in the special insights each can offer their readers, and, as well, those of us fortunate enough to be participants in the journalistic process."
Magic. Awesome. The logic. Too bad he got sidetracked into sports. The kid could have made a good politician.