The Wicked Wine of Democracy: A Memoir of a Political Junkie, 1948-1995

Paperback | November 27, 2012

byJoseph S. Miller

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The Wicked Wine of Democracy is a frank account by a political operative and practicing lobbyist who in the early 1950s went from being a journalist in Seattle to working on the campaigns of such important political figures as Warren G. Magnuson, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Frank Church, William Proxmire, and, finally, John F. Kennedy. He was so successful in managing the media for campaigns across the country that in 1957 the Washington Post labeled him "the Democrat's answer to Madison Avenue." After Kennedy's victory, Miller opened a lobbying office on Capitol Hill and took on clients as diverse as the United Steelworkers of America, the Western Forest Industries Association, and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. In this always revealing and often humorous memoir, Miller reports on the highlights and backroom conversations from political campaigns, labor negotiations, and lobbying deals to give an honest picture of how politics worked over his forty-year career in the nation's Capitol.

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The Wicked Wine of Democracy is a frank account by a political operative and practicing lobbyist who in the early 1950s went from being a journalist in Seattle to working on the campaigns of such important political figures as Warren G. Magnuson, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Frank Church, William Proxmire, and, finally, John F. Kennedy. He ...

Joseph S. Miller is a retired lobbyist living in Washington, D.C. Miller wrote and edited for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Boise Daily Statesman, Oregon Journal, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer before beginning his career as a media consultant for political campaigns and a lobbyist for a variety of unions and associations.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.68 × 5.76 × 0.67 inPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295992328

ISBN - 13:9780295992327

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Table of Contents

Foreword / Shelby ScatesPrefaceAcknowledgments

1. A Political Junkie2. Something Special - Dick Neuberger3. Maggie and the Tiger4. Frosty5. Prox6. Winning Big7. Revenge in Kentucky8. Hawaiian Odysseys9. A State That Time Forgot10. Outside on the Inside11. The Campaign and Aftermath12. A Lobbyist Is a Lobbyist Is a Lobbyist13. No Vestal Virgin in the Whorehouse14. The Spotted Owl and Other Varmints15. Mike's "Fish Bowl"16. Pirates of Pork17. Strike! Strike! Strike!18. Battle of the "Black Hats"19. The Wicked Wine of the Democratic Process20. Reflections

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The Wicked Wine of Democracy is a frank account by a political operative and practicing lobbyist who in the early 1950s went from being a journalist in Seattle to working on the campaigns of such important political figures as Warren G. Magnuson, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Frank Church, William Proxmire, and, finally, John F. Kennedy. He was so successful in managing the media for campaigns across the country that in 1957 the Washington Post labeled him "the Democrat's answer to Madison Avenue." After Kennedy's victory, Miller opened a lobbying office on Capitol Hill and took on clients as diverse as the United Steelworkers of America, the Western Forest Industries Association, and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. In this always revealing and often humorous memoir, Miller reports on the highlights and backroom conversations from political campaigns, labor negotiations, and lobbying deals to give an honest picture of how politics worked over his forty-year career in the nation's Capitol.Rarely does a memoir deal so candidly and engagingly with political campaigns and influence peddling. He provides illuminating and often delightful vignettes of Lyndon Johnson, Warren Magnuson, John Kennedy, William Proxmire, Robert Byrd, Quentin Burdick, and Barry Goldwater. His insider accounts of legislative battles and political campaigns are invariably absorbing and illustrative of the way that politics really works. - LeRoy Ashby, author of Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church