Politicians have a constant need to be diplomatic. Witness this candidate for the Senate who traveled to a small town community to address the single church there. Unfortunately, he had forgotten to ask which denomination so that when it was time for his speech, he began in this way:

"My brethren, all. I must tell you that my great Grandfather was Presbyterian." (absolute silence);

"But my Grandmother was an Episcopalian." (more silence);

"I must tell you that my other Grandfather was a Christian Scientist." (deep silence);

"While my other Grandmother was Methodist." (even more silence).

"But I must tell you that I had an aunt who was a Baptist through and through." (loud cheers!)"

"And I have always considered my aunt's path to be the right one!"