They Didn’t Like Estes

15 04 2016

Cleveland

CBS:

Commentary: Why the GOP can’t take the nomination from Donald Trump

(snip)

However, if Trump arrives in Cleveland having won the most votes, the most contests, and the most delegates — all of which is very likely — depriving him of the nomination would be an unprecedented move in the modern political era.

Bonk.

Democrats, 1952.  Tennessee Sen. Estes Kefauver came into the convention with more delegates than any other candidate, but short of an outright majority.  He also came into the convention with a spotless reputation for being against corruption, which was a non-starter in the Democrat Party.  So, the party bosses scammed him out of the nomination and handed it to Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson.

Ironically, four years later, the party nominated Stevenson again, on far more fair circumstances, and Stevenson let the convention pick his running mate.  Guess who.


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15 04 2016
David In TN

My father always complained about Estes Kefauver having the 1952 Democratic nomination taken from him. He said “Harry Truman came to the convention and told them to nominate Adlai Stevenson”

16 04 2016
countenance

Really no love lost for Estes K. here. He was one of the few Southern politicians of major consequence not to sign the Southern Manifesto (the other two being his home state partner, Al Gore Sr, and LBJ), and yet, he won his next re-election campaign for the Senate after that, and won it handily. That was a political message that it was possible for a white Southern politician to win and not openly support segregationism, and that was a major break in the dam.

16 04 2016
Dale gribble

i always thought of Stevenson as the pointy head intellectual type libs in the media love. Then why were nearly all the states he won in the Deep South

16 04 2016
David In TN

In those days. the South voted on economic issues.

16 04 2016
David In TN

Estes Kefauver won again and again in Tennessee as an economic populist, but he was admired for taking risky positions, Tennesseans are (were) like that.

The Dixiecrats or “segs,” as they were sometimes called, tried hard and spent a lot of money to beat Estes Kefauver in the 1954 and 1960 Democratic primaries. Kefauver won with well over 60% both times.

My father respected Kefauver for being the only “No” in an 88-1 senate vote to make being a Communist party member a crime. And many Tennesseans (my father included) didn’t mind Kefauver’s (quite mild actually) support of civil rights considering his overall record and stance against organized crime and corruption.

16 04 2016
16 04 2016
countenance

Sam took that logic apart more than 20 years ago:

http://www.unz.org/Pub/Chronicles-1995feb-00008?View=PDF

Start with “Of course, not all whites” at about the end of the first page and end at “ever conceived” in the middle of the second page. In between, Sam ripped Paul Ryan’s political mentor a new one.

16 04 2016
Hard Right

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16 04 2016
Alex the Goon

If that chick had gone to London instead, the same thing might have happened anyway.

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Hard Right

17 04 2016
Hard Right

17 04 2016
Hard Right

The Use Of Advertising To Emasculate And Embarrass White Males Is Intensifying

http://www.joeprich.com/blog/2016/4/16/the-war-on-masculinity

17 04 2016
17 04 2016
Alex the Goon

I wonder what kills Jesus more: Guys fucking dogs, or that guys fucking dogs are named after Him?

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