The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Don't Scratch the Off-Year Itch

The Presidency

Senator John Chafee, running for his Republican life in Rhode Island, last week got up the nerve to indulge a growing political suspicion. To raise funds, he held a nonevent. For $25 a supporter could stay home. For $35 he or she received an autographed copy of the speech Chafee did not deliver. For $40 the contributor was excused from reading it. The hopeless political junkie with $75 to give was invited to a chicken dinner — in his own home, the chicken sent in from Colonel Sanders'. For $150 the Senator...

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