The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
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 , 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...
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