That night, three years after Politico's launch, Mr. Bradley asked Mr. Smith two things: Was he committed, long term, to staying with Mr. Bradley in the District? And was he ready to fight Politico? Mr. Smith answered in the affirmative to both questions. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Bradley named Mr. Smith president of the entire Atlantic Media company. Henceforth, the cherubic 40-year-old executive would be running the National Journal, the Hotline and Congress Daily.