“Boodle” Blaine: Public Office for Private Gain


 “Is It Coming To This?”
  Cartoonist:  Thomas Nast.
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   October 4, 1884, p. 662

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
The caption of this Thomas Nast cartoon asks a simple, devastating question: "Is it coming to this?" If Republican nominee James Blaine is elected president, then will the White House be transformed from the people's house into a brokerage for the buying and selling of government offices, contracts, and other favors at the public expense? "Boodle" is slang for graft money or stolen goods.












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