Magazine July 30, 2012, Issue

Your Complimentary Gavel Is in the Tote Bag!

Members of the Supreme Court and Joint Chiefs look on as President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address, January 27, 2010. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
And other advertisements for Supreme Court justices

Roughly 1,000 years ago, when Sunday-morning political talk shows were relevant, I used to enjoy watching This Week with David Brinkley. One thing about the show confused me, though — aside from the presence of ABC White House correspondent Sam Donaldson — and that was the commercials.

There were a lot of them for an agricultural-products company called Archer Daniels Midland — ADM for short — and during my early post-college years, when I watched This Week with religious devotion, it seemed like an unusual way for a company with no products in the stores to spend its money. It was

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