1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.
Looking around, it turns out, coincidentally, that the nearest book is Nathan Miller, Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents (Scribner, 1998), which I had out in honor of HNN's latest Bush-rating poll.
The passage in question is
When the regular Republicans nominated Grant for a second term in 1872, the reformers, unable to stomach him for another four years, broke ranks and chose Horace Greeley, the editor of the New York Tribune, as the candidate of the Liberal Republican party. Despite Greeley's antislavery record, the Democrats also nominated him with the forlorn hope of avoiding four more years of Grant. A Greeley victory was thought unlikely, but about six weeks before the election the nation was rocked by the Crédit Mobilier scandal, which should have improved his chances.
As a bonus, I've got to attach the two sentences prior to this
"It looks as though the Republican party is going to the dogs," said former senator James W. Grimes of Iowa. "It has become corrupt and I believe that it is today the [most] corrupt and debauched political party that ever existed."
If he only knew.....
I don't tag people, but if anyone happens to read this and look at the 123rd page of the nearest book and finds something worthwhile, by all means post it!