“I think my understanding of why politics matters is different. It’s more rooted in everyday life. Part of that’s a mayor’s orientation. Part of it’s my Midwestern orientation. Part of it’s my personal story as somebody who saw, for example, the Afghanistan War, not just in terms of the theoretical debates going on about U.S. foreign policy but the simple fact that it changed the course of my life. As somebody whose marriage exists by a one-vote margin on the United States Supreme Court, I think about politics not in terms of its own internal dynamics and the excitement of the game and the show but in a very grounded way.”

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