By Jack C. Sando
THE FIRST SPEECH I WROTE for Senator Muskie was delivered by him at the University of Kansas, shortly after the Kent State tragedy in the spring of 1970. The Senator's staff told me the speech was a great success. Even Ed Muskie liked it.
Back in Washington, he was given a reception on Capitol Hill, to which I was invited. As I basked in the reflected glow of a President in the making, someone introduced me to Robert Novak. "You realize, don't you," he jawed at me, "that speech of yours just cost Muskie the whole Kansas delegation. Those people were in the audience too, and they are all conservatives"'
So much for the glow. I am glad to say, however, that I never did apologize for being a liberal. And neither, I bet, did Senator Muskie.
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