A satirical site is asking for your 15 cents to support the Lincoln-Johnson ticket -- "less than the cost of a green turtle soup!"
This morning I received an email from Mary Todd Lincoln about the debate last night, or another one a century and a half ago. It's hard to tell. She wrote:
I started getting emails like this about a week ago, when Abraham Lincoln himself (from the grave, obviously) wrote me. "Is there anything greater than the crack of an iron wedge bursting into hemlock wood?" he asked. "In this time of great civil strife, it's the only kind of rift I can get behind."
The emails led to a website, www.lincoln1864.com, where I spotted a helpful-sounding link called "What is this?" Exactly what I was wondering! I clicked and was swiftly redirected to a blank webpage, www.satire.com, which somehow explained both everything and nothing at the same time.
I emailed the campaign: Who are you? All of the responses, from gentlemen who go by names like "Archibald Marshall Chauncey" (Deputy Campaign Superintendent), stayed in character. "President Lincoln is obviously a very busy man," Chauncey advised me, "but I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about his vision for healing the Union."