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It was a big night in city politics and especially at ward five. Two candidates for the State Legislature, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were scheduled to debate their qualifications and, coincidently, to prove that their opponents were not only unfit for office but unworthy to call themselves human beings.

Reardon, a long-time resident of the district, was detained and, as a result, arrived late. The debate was already underway.

“Mister,” said he to the man in the next seat, “which man is Delahanty and which is Mulvaney?”

“I don’t know,” replied the man impatiently, “and I don’t care. They’re both scoundrels.”

“Sure and I know that meself,” retorted Reardon. “But which is the Democrat and which the Republican? It’s the Democrat scoundrel I’m voting for …”

------------------A Final Thought …

“I shall pursue a course straight down the middle of the road, and le the chips fall where they may.”

- Richard Joseph Daley (1902-76), Democrat politician and mayor of Chicago (1955-76); his 1976 campaign slogan