When Swaim waded through his new boss’s old op-eds, looking for the ‘voice’ and ‘cadence’ Sanford wanted him to capture, he couldn’t find it. ‘What I heard was more like a cough,’ he writes. ‘Or the humming of a bad melody, with most of the notes sharp. One sentence stands out in my memory: “This is important not only because I think it ought to be a first order of business, but because it makes common sense.”
What it’s like to write speeches for a rude, rambling and disgraced politician