Citizen Koch Goes to Tampa
Meet the left’s public enemy number one.
Sep 3, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 47 • By MICHAEL BARONE
He sounds offended, but the sunny mood soon returns. David Koch did not marry until he was 56. He and his wife Julia, now 50, have three children aged 6 to 14. He has been battling cancer successfully for 20 years, but he is also thinking about what he will some day leave behind. “I like to engage where my part makes a difference,” he says, speaking of those dinosaur halls. “I have a point of view. When I pass on, I want people to say he did a lot of good things, he made a real difference, he saved a lot of lives in cancer research.” Next to that, being a delegate to the Republican National Convention—and getting jostled by the packed crowd on the floor—is not such a big deal.
Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics,