i'm in the chicago bar association choir. last week, we were practicing one of our songs, Abe Lincoln's campaign song from 1860. there's a line that refers to Lincoln as "the pride of the suckers", and the following conversation ensued:
director: does anyone know what "suckers" refers to?
[random babbling from the choir, but no answers.]
director: "suckers" was an old nickname for Illinois residents, although it's no longer used.
choir member: well, except for our governor. he's a sucker.
other choir member: no, we voted for him! we're the suckers!