New Hampshire Is for Lovers

Dick Benjamin wasn't just smart. He might have been the smartest presidential candidate -- ever! But how could he get the word out?

Published April 21, 2004 5:00PM (EDT)

Dick Benjamin had a problem. He was really goddamned smart -- just mind-bogglingly smart to the point where people would spit out their food or drinks if they heard about just how smart he was -- but no one knew it. He asked his wife, Donna, what she thought about the problem.

The rest of this story is no longer online, but does appear in the book "The Unforbidden Is Compulsory, or Optimism."

By Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of "You Shall Know Our Velocity" and "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."

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