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The Ghost of Paul Simon Haunts Obama by Major Garrett.

Washington has long since forgotten the late Sen. Paul Simon, an Illinois Democrat who came to politics a most unnatural way. Simon was a journalist first, academic second, and politician third. Anyone who can build a credible life in politics — Simon was in the House from 1975 to 1985 and the Senate from 1985 to 1997 — after being immersed in the cesspool of journalism and the cloister of academia commands respect.

Those who either knew or covered Simon felt as if there was another profession he had but never admitted to: clergyman. Within the caustic and cynical word of politics, Simon had an almost clerical mien. Sure, he cast his share of “home” votes and sided with leadership. Simon’s clericalism wasn’t obsessive.

Except on one issue — deficit reduction.

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