New Year links
* The first Latina governor was sworn in today. Texas connection = not only was Susana Martinez born in El Paso, but Bob Perry gave almost half a million to her campaign.
* I enjoyed Cory Crow's Not-Quite-Predictions post.
* In a Politico story on Connie Mack IV's potential run for Senate:
Chief of staff Hans Klinger has served as a general consultant for the campaigns of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Saxby Chambliss.
I think most people reading that Politico story would have an overstated sense of Klinger's role in these campaigns.
Before Richard Ben Cramer bought his old white farmhouse here in 1993, he called in "the best real estate guy that I know," and then-Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and his brother Jimmy drove down from Wilmington to have a look.
The Biden brothers approved, and Joe Biden "had a fabulous way for me to get it all repaired and fixed up and everything," Cramer recalled. "Joe sees no limits in houses."
Cramer hasn't made any of the improvements Biden suggested, but if that glimpse of Bidenís obsession with real estate sounds vaguely familiar, it's because this is the Biden whose life -- and rundown Wilmington mansion -- Cramer introduced to the nation in his 1,049-page chronicle of the 1988 presidential campaign, "What It Takes: The Way to the White House." The book was the point of departure for every profile of the vice presidential nominee 20 years later. It even defined Biden to Biden. "So that's how people see me?" he marveled to Cramer and others after he read the book.
This amuses me because I first heard of What It Takes about a decade ago from one of Biden's kids. I guess that means the VP liked it.
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