Q: I am trying to find a National Lampoon comic that may have been titled “The Candidate.” It had a politician on a train in a cage eating a rat, and his handlers sewed a mask on his face, but forgot to take the rat away. The candidate appeared in public at the back of the train eating the rat, and his handlers said something about it not being a problem because the voting public were ignorant and wouldn’t remember it.
A: It was “Whistle-stop” by M.K. Brown and appeared in the Funny Pages section of the August 1972 (The Miracle of Democracy) issue. It was also reprinted in the National Lampoon Comics special issue (1974). (Thanks to Marcel for providing the answer.)