A four-piece hillbilly band strummed its way through The Last Thing I Want Is Your Pity, then swung nasally into something called I Wish I Knew How Much You Loved Me. Next the featured singer, Senator Glen Taylor, in good voice, harmonized with his family on Dear Hearts & Gentle People. "And believe me, folks," Senator Taylor assured the audience, "we mean this from the bottom of our hearts." Then his talented four-year-old son Gregory rendered It Ain't Gonna Rain No More in Chinese.

Idaho's Senator Taylor was up for renomination. The people of...

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