I represented the late Sen. Bill Armstrong (R. CO) at one time on banking matters, and I remember him telling me that one of his closest friends in the US Senate was Jay Rockefeller, a Democratic senator from West Virginia and Armstrong's polar opposite in politics. A tribute to him and to the late Denver lawyer and Democratic heavyweight, Howard Gelt, written by the Editor of the Denver Business Journal, contains this accurate assessment:
The loss of these two individuals, I think, will continue to reverberate through political and legal circles around here for a long time.
They couldn't have been further away from each other politically, but Howard Gelt and Bill Armstrong shared something important: They cared about the truth, and about facts, and knew the difference. They were confident in their beliefs and their interpretation of the facts. Most importantly, they respected people who disagreed with them.
Can we say as much about any of the "heavyweights" currently in the national political arena?