Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Born just a smidgen too late myself, I've always admired the hats.
..makes me think of that Bugs Bunny cartoon where the tiny gremlin screams in Bugs' ear ,"WELL IT AIN'T WENDELL WILKIE!!!!!"
A couple of weeks later in Nov. '40FDR beat Willkie decisively. But right up to election night, no one could be sure of the outcome, not even FDR. And Willkie was no mossback. Like FDR, he was an internationalist.During the war FDR used Willkie as a special envoy. FDR even thought of a political alliance with young Wendell. But Willkie decided to try again in '44 for the 'pub nomination. Got nowhere in the few primaries they had in those days. And, in any event he was dead at 49before 1944 was out.
I remember my grandfather telling me about that election, and how the polls got it wrong because they were only able to get polling data from people with telephones, which in late Depression 1940 were still a luxury.
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