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.
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.
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 A Word about SourcesIndex