House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy looked in the mirror this week, and the face of Preston Brooks stared back at him. It was 165 years ago next month, in one of the defining political moments in the lead-up to the Civil War, that the pro-slavery Congressman from South Carolina savagely caned Massachusetts abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner on the Senate floor. McCarthy has tried for years to avoid confronting the ugly underbelly of Republican politics, even as he pursued his ambition of being Speaker of the House. …

David Paul

Financial advisor to city and state governments. Lifelong Red Sox fan (don't hold it against me).

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