Rob Ford - rebellious, stubborn, reliant on gut instinct and fully convinced of us own argumentative superiority. He's populist in his presentation; he genuinely fights the system on behalf of the little guy. Lots of them love him for it, but what does he get done? How much falls through the cracks for not meeting his "so what" smell test?
Adam Vaughan. Does his homework, prepares his arguments and own the floor. If you tangle with him, know your stuff inside and outside. He sure will.
There's an anti-intellectual movement out there; angry, scared and frustrated people want validation; sugar for the soul in the short term, but it rots you to the core over time. Then, there's the reasoned, balanced approach of making a case and backing it up.
I would say, we need both. Balance, not competition, is what is required; if you're too busy tipping to the sides, your forward mobility is limited.
Go watch Bill Clinton's DNC 2012 speech for an example of how to best bridge those two approaches.