THE VICE PRESIDENCY: A Good Lineman for the Quarterback

A bountiful bundle of Republican politicians were staying close to the phone early that evening. Richard Nixon was due to announce his choice for Vice President to replace Spiro Agnew and, artfully building the suspense, had let it be known that 1) he was not going to notify his man until shortly before TV time and 2) the selection "might be a name that does not leap readily to mind." That meant that almost any Republican leader worth his ambition could be struck by the lightning; it was, all things considered, not...

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