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The Ron Smith legacy: How to write, how to live, how to die
The Ron Smith legacy: How to write, how to live, how to die

For virtually all the time I spent in politics, my main function was to craft words for someone else. And, for a long time, I was pretty good at it. In fact, I got so good at it that, when I finally decided I wanted to start opining under my own name again, it took some adjustment. The biggest change was learning how to resist the urge to self-edit, to choose my words against an internal calculus weighted in favor of what I should say at the expense of what I wanted to say. But once I learned how to do it, I felt liberated. Helping me transition from the purely partisan to the analytical were the examples set by those who have done it successfully over the years. Specifically, I have...

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