Dozens of Washington's most powerful lawmakers and dignitaries bid
farewell today to former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, remembering
the New York Democrat as a erudite visionary who never forgot his
humble roots. Moynihan, who died last week at age 76, had "this
uncanny ability to know who to trust about any particular subject,"
said Tim Russert of NBC, for years a Senate aide to Moynihan.
Russert recalled preparing the senator to appear on a New York talk
show the day the Yankees were to play the sixth game of the 1977
World Series-- a subject the cerebral Moynihan knew nearly nothing
about. On the air, Moynihan predicted with confidence a Yankee
championship: "If the Yankees don't do it today, (pitcher) Mike
Torrez will do it Tuesday," he declared. "I fell out of my chair,"
Russert recalled. "How did you know about Mike Torrez?" he asked
afterward. Moynihan's reply: "I didn't know who it was. I was
sitting in the makeup chair and this little kid with a Yankee hat
and a ball and glove comes in. ... I said, 'Hey, tiger, the Yanks
going to win today?' He said, 'If they don't win today, Torrez will
do it Tuesday.' " Moynihan noted, "If you can't trust a 10-year-old
with a Yankee hat, you can't trust anybody."