I PROPOSE AS A SYMBOL OF THE CURRENT STATE OF IRISH CATHOLIC achievement in the United States Senator Daniel P. Moynihan of New York-an action which when combined with my discussion of Richard Daley in a subsequent chapter is almost guaranteed to bring down upon my head the wrath of a certain type of liberal intellectual.
I cite the senator for a couple of reasons (in addition to my delight in shouting and snarling in defiance at that certain kind of liberal intellectual). First of all, the senator is, I think, the first Irish Catholic with a Ph.D. to arrive on the floor of the United States Senate; and secondly, while a certified card-carrying academic, the senator, like many another Irishman with a Ph.D., doesn't play the academic game the way it is "supposed" to be played-which is one more reason for that certain kind of liberal intellectual to turn purple at the mention of his name. In early books about the American Irish, the symbol of Irish success was the athlete or the entertainer ( James Cagney or Bing Crosby) or the affluent entrepreneur (Joseph Kennedy) or the successful bank-president financier or corporation president; more recently it is the newspaper editor ( Michael O'Neill of the New York Daily News, for example). In fact, however, such personages are no longer a good symbol of where Irish Catholics are