A reporter, too young to have tact, asked Eagleton about his political legacy, and how it would be written for history in The New York Times. Eagleton nodded.
"You know the answer," he said. "First paragraph will read, 'Thomas F. Eagleton, former U.S. Senator who briefly ran for vice president before ...'" He didn't need to continue.
Monday's New York Times published this lede:
Thomas F. Eagleton, a former United States senator whose legislative accomplishments were overshadowed by his removal as the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1972 after revelations of mental illness and electroshock therapy, died yesterday in Richmond Heights, Mo. He was 77 and lived outside St. Louis in Clayton, Mo.
Tom Eagleton did. He deserved better.
Ever-resourceful Sniderman gets the point, besting AK by 20 minutes, with Jim and Matt coming in late.