Matt Towery

Lance was unfairly and shabbily treated by a "company town" media for issues that, compared to this current administration, would never have caught anyone's eye. He went on to be one of the Democratic Party's most influential behind-the-scenes movers and shakers.

All of these men took the shots and aggressively tried to serve their nation.

Jordan risked his own life in dangerous undercover meetings in attempts to free the hostages held in our embassy in Iran. And because this political inner circle was made up of Southerners, and was surrounded by an old guard elite in Washington, they learned to circle their wagons and rely on their best attribute -- loyalty to one another.

But even if you didn't like anything about the political Hamilton Jordan -- the tenacity in fending off a Ted Kennedy challenge in 1980, or the strategic brilliance in making Ross Perot a player in the 1992 elections -- consider the following: It is ironic and saddening that Kennedy, also a man of great accomplishment, should learn of his cancer on the very day Jordan lost his battle to it.

Hamilton Jordan on more than one occasion faced cancer and stared it down. Not only did he have the guts to fight, he also put his money and time where his resolve was. He created Camp Sunshine, for young kids that suffer from cancer.

Others knew him better. But, given my past history in assisting certain other folks from Georgia to rise to the highest levels of power, I always felt a kind of kinship and affection for Jordan.

Like Hamilton Jordan's life, the storm that raged on the night he died Tuesday was powerful and electric. But it passed quickly. Hamilton Jordan's memory will last much longer.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery