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Thursday, July 01, 2004

Cactus Jack: was it spit?

As we all tremble with excitement over the outcome of the Veepstakes, a footnote from a previous Vice President, John Nance Garner, aka 'Cactus Jack'.

Garner, most famous for his sterling work in ensuring the loss of the court-packing bill (January 15 2003), once supposedly opined that the office of Vice President was
not worth a pitcher of warm spit

Mooching online, I come across a piece from Mark Kleiman (on the mythical Kerry/McCain ticket) which says of the doves that
They know that the Vice-Presidency isn't worth a pitcher of warm spit. (Note: John Nance Garner didn't actually say "spit" -- that was a newspaper bowdlerization -- but let it stand.)

So, one infers [1], what Garner actually said was that the office was not worth a pitcher of warm shit.

Should one be surprised that pitcher of warm shit produces zero items on Google?

There should be an online source of these bowdlerisations...

  1. Why should we be required to infer? Why the Comstockery from Kleiman?

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