The Nation: A Brand New Race for 2nd Place

THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL SWEEPSTAKES: A quadrennial long-distance obstacle course for ambitious politicians with a touch of masochism. Purse: $65,600 annual salary; partially furnished mansion on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C.; presidency of the U.S. Senate; substantial perquisites. Qualifications: 35-year-olds and above; a natural-born citizen; proven endurance at giving and listening to speeches; ability to respond to the whip and obey sometimes demeaning commands. Limitations: Track may be shifted, entry fees forfeited, and a new field named pending outcome of big stakes races in New Hampshire, Florida, Wisconsin and California in early 1976. Postpositions, names of...

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