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Tom Geoghegan

By Matthew Yglesias

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Tom Geoghegan is the author of two great books I’ve read, Which Side Are You On? and The Law in Shambles. And now he’s running for congress in the storied Rostenkowski/Blagojevich/Rahmbo House seat in Chicago.

This blog doesn’t endorse candidates for office, but Josh Marshall remarks:

Don’t know what his chances are — he seems more like the type of guy you’d like to see in the House than the type who actually gets there. But let’s see. It’s important to aim high.

I would have said something similar about Al Franken, and now he’s a US Senator. And I think of Glenn Nye who’s being sworn in today as a member of the US House of Representatives — you haven’t traditionally seen guys leap from the foreign service into congress. But why not? And couldn’t the House use a labor lawyer slash major intellectual? Part of what happens in times of political change is that new people get pulled into the process. People who don’t usually vote, go vote. People who wouldn’t normally run for office run for office.

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