Harold Ickes is a Badass

Just in case you didn’t know. Harold Ickes, Hillary Clinton’s senior adviser, is a badass:

And the man in charge of Clinton’s feverish effort to lock up superdelegates is Ickes, whose enthusiasm for no-holds-barred politics sometimes rattles friends and foes alike. Ickes once got so carried away that he bit another political operative on the leg. Now, some 35 years later, at age 68, he has mellowed so little that it could happen again.

“It depends on how heated the circumstances are,” he says.

This is one of the many reasons I like Hillary Clinton. Her staff if filed with professional, old school pols who are willing to go to the mattresses when circumstances call for it.

People tend to have this candyland notion of Washington. The truth is Washington DC is a giant trench, both literally and metaphorically, where political operatives who are capable of fighting a trench warfare campaign are not only desirable but necessary.