The Soul of a New Machine Politician
March 10, 1986
Last March Senator Alfonse D'Amato was having din- dinner at his favorite restaurant in New York City's Little Italy when he was told he had a phone call from President Reagan. The president was personally calling senators to line up support for an upcoming vote on the MX missile, a cornerstone of the administration's defense buildup. The outcome very likely could be decided by a single vote. “Molinari, you creep, cut this bullshit out,” D'Amato barked into the phone at Reagan.