Hub Blog’s Super Duper Trivia Question:
A bartender (the shock!) asked the following question to a bunch of stunned regulars: When was the last serious presidential candidacy by a former American general who openly described himself as a Democrat -- before Wesley Clark? Think about it -- not to mention its historical implications. ... Hub Blog doesn’t know the answer. I’m sure there are absolutely screwy and embarrassingly obvious answers. But all I could come up with was: McClellan. ... Remember: ‘Serious.’ Or ‘Somewhat serious,’ to be fair. So don’t give me some "Oh, there was a 'Bull-Something Or Other’ at the height of the Civil Rights movement." ... I’m talking serious. ... I’m stumped! ... Seriously!
-- Reader Dave writes in: "I think you're right about McClellan, preceded by Franklin Pierce, a brigadier general (the only successful Democratic general)."