"Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows"

Context: Charles Dudley Warner, lawyer, coauthor with Mark Twain of The Gilded Age, and coeditor of Harper's Magazine, "employed his eyes, his ears, and his understanding, in observing and considering the facts of Nature, and in weaving curious analogies." In My Summer in a Garden, a series of light, humorous essays on the art of gardening he digresses often to make a point on any given subject. In the fifteenth essay or chapter, he begins by commenting on the fact that his absence of two or three weeks has allowed his garden to run riot. The strawberry plants, even the Colfax variety, for example, have run everywhere, an allusion to Schuyler Colfax, elected Vice-president in 1868. Further, he says, the Doolittle raspberries have mixed with the strawberries, an allusion to James Rood Doolittle, U. S. Senator and strong supporter of President Johnson. He says:

. . . I may mention here, since we are on politics, that the Doolittle raspberries had sprawled all over the strawberry-beds: so true is it that politics makes strange bedfellows.