Stark didn't look particularly in touch when, at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting, he erroneously accused me of giving money to an opponent.
Sterling observes that when senior members walk the halls, all they hear is "yes, Mr. Chairman." They are "swaddled in adoration everywhere that they go. It's intoxicating. I think it can be as addictive as cocaine."
Rangel and Stark got hooked on privilege a long time ago. They were embarrassments to the House long before they turned 80. They didn't much care, and neither did their constituents. But eventually, even a sense of entitlement can get old.