AND THE SUCCESSOR IS...

Senator William Roth of Delaware is a creature of habit. He once took a liking to what his aides agreed was an ugly brown corduroy suit, so much so that he wore it even on the hottest summer days. His staff finally had enough of the monstrosity. An aide confronted him: "Senator, the bad news is there was a fire at your house." Before the horrified Roth could say a word, the aide continued, "The good news is it was confined to your closet." The brown suit disappeared. But he still sticks to an offbeat wardrobe that seems a fitting accompaniment...

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