The former Lyndon Johnson aide, who has died at 83, represented a bygone era of compromise and comity in Washington.
He's not on a glide-path to the nomination, but he enhanced his national stature and visibility while staying true to his principles.
It seems impossible that anyone would think well of the job our legislative branch is doing, yet some do. Who are these people?
He certainly has his eccentricities, but in last night's Republican debate, he seemed to be the only grownup in the room.