Politics is learned as a contact sport — and working one’s way up the ladder from local to national posts is good preparation both for winning office and succeeding as an office-holder.
In 2000, an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama, lost a Democratic primary race for a seat in Congress. AP/Frank Polich, file
Mr. Husock is a senior fellow in Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on municipal government, urban housing policy, civil society, and philanthropy.
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