Friday, January 14, 2005
John Nance Garner is best remembered for his assessment of the vice presidency. The office, he reportedly sneered in 1932, "isn't worth a pitcher of warm spit." The quote may be apocryphal, and even credulous historians think he referenced a different bodily fluid. But one thing is certain: Garner deserves a better epitaph. The plain-spoken Democrat from Uvalde, Texas, helped rescue his party from political oblivion during the Republican ascendancy of the 1920s. And he used tax policy to do it.