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How's Your Political I.Q.?: Nov. 19-23


Questions

1.  Michael Mukasey was just confirmed as U.S. attorney general by a vote of 53 to 40 in the U.S. Senate. Who was the last attorney general to be confirmed with fewer votes in the Senate? 

2.  President Bush’s veto of a federal water projects bill was just overridden by Congress.  Who was the first President to have a veto overridden by Congress? 

3.  What President had the most vetoes overridden by Congress? 

4.  Author Norman Mailer just died at age 84.  What was the one political office Mailer ran for? 

5.  Who was Mailer’s running mate in his lone political race? 

Answers

1.  James P. McGranery, confirmed as attorney general by a vote of 52 to 18 in the Senate in 1952. 

2.  John Tyler, who had a bill he vetoed overridden by Congress on March 3, 1845, the day before he left office. 

3.  Andrew Johnson, who had 15 vetoes overridden. 

4.  He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor in 1969. 

5.  Newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, who was on Mailer’s ticket for nomination to be city council president.