by howardpark, Tue May 20, 2008 at 07:57:58 PM EDT
Hamilton Jordan died today.
Hamilton was Jimmy Carter's Karl Rove. He was the strategist who planned Carter's audacious victory in 1976. That will always be number one in his obituary.
He also battled cancer for the last 22 years. Wow. WOW!
Hamilton made lots of mistakes in the White House. The GOP attack machine went after him with fang bared ferocity. We was always an outsider, even as White House Chief of Staff. He was too much of an outsider who never adjusted to his role.
We are all into politics here and most of us should have thick skins. Politics should be about what we accomplish. I met Hamilton in 1976. He was a young man in a hurry who did not take much notice of me. In fact, he was sort of a jerk back then but changed a lot as he had less power and more humanity. Tip O'Neil called him "Hamilton Jerkin." That all pales against the real accomplishments of President Carter. Thank you Hamilton. You showed us a lot about living as you were dying.