Nation: The Working List

Veep guessing is perhaps the least profitable of political pastimes. But the guessers keep guessing and, more important, prospective presidential nominees encourage the game for all it's worth.

John F. Kennedy, during his 1960 pre-convention campaign, turned Veep playing from an inexact art into a high science; he had everyone from Herschel Loveless (Iowa) to George Docking (Kansas) to Edmund ("Pat") Brown (California) to Henry M. ("Scoop") Jackson (Washington) thinking they might be his running mate. And in so promoting the possibilities, he won a fair number of delegate votes from their states.

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