It’s not every rummage sale at which you’ll truly score, but this weekend I picked up a copy of Political Pot Luck: A Collection of Recipes from Men Only, published in 1959 by the Peninsular Publishing Company in Tallahassee. It was edited by Meg Madigan, whose father was a Florida state comptroller and lobbyist. And she went all out for the cookbook, from governors to senators to media barons. Some of them can cook. And others…. are just racists. Heh. Well, let’s start with some good ones. For instance, it should be pointed out that John F. Kennedy’s waffle recipe is pretty right on the money! And Mrs. Hubert Humphrey’s beef soup is also a standout item.
One of the conceits of the book was “cracker cooking” and they
sure don’t mean Hubert Humphrey’s beloved Saltines. So Spessard
Holland’s use of “cracker” here was not out of thin air; the former
Florida Governor and U.S. Senator was a pro-tax Democrat who would
have been using the term as an anti-Yankee (and anti-newcomer)
badge of original Florida settler
Marvin Griffin was not only a great cook but also a total crook
and an incredible racist and segregationist. Ta da! I’m
surprised this recipe doesn’t say “serve black people at a separate
No one talks about Estes Kefauver anymore but he was very nearly
president and maybe should have
been. Also that is too much sugar for a fruit pie.
Boom. Yes, Governor Collins, that is a perfect spoon bread
recipe. (Governor Collins would go on to lose a U.S. Senate
election because he was photographed with Martin Luther King
Jr.—but he was only working! He wasn’t actually marching in
Selma, good heavens no. Still lost the election though.)
This recipe was written a few years before Paul Butler was
deposed from the DNC by John Kennedy for not kissing enough Kennedy
Probably we should all go read a history of how the
Republican-led legislature of Michigan shut down the government in
opposition to Governor Williams in the late 50s. Seems
III II (WHATEVER, HISTORY IS COMPLICATED)
was just the first to oppose the dreadful LaRouchites. Oh Lord,
replace the Crisco with butter please.
Lo and behold, former Senator George Smathers knew how to
cook a steak!
And State Supreme Court Justice Roberts was a real bragger.
In fancy places, we call the calamondin the calamansi. Nelson
Poynter, founder of Congressional Quarterly and funder of
the Poynter Institute, well… this one goes out to Jim
Who? Well, Claude Pepper was on the cover of Time… twice,
and said crazy leftist things (for decades!) that would get you run
out of D.C. on a rail these days.
Robert Meyner beat Malcolm Forbes for reelection in New Jersey.
Malcolm Forbes! That would have been amazing. Then we would never
have had Jim McGreevey.
We’re just filing this one away for when we’re trapped in the
And then there always has to be a funny guy. Who… isn’t. (Frank
Trippett was however apparently an
amazing reporter, so we’ll… try to forgive this lapse.)