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Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, center, would have made the perfect vice presidential candidate for Donald Trump, writes Walter Shapiro. (Courtesy NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

During the fall 1968 campaign, the Democrats aired a TV ad that mostly consisted of the sound of a man going from giggles to uncontrollable laughter. Only at the end of the 20-second spot did the viewer see the image on a TV screen that prompted the hilarity:  

"Agnew for Vice President"