Friday, November 2, 2012

Wee Wendell Wilkies!

Remember in yesterday's post, when I talked about how Thomas Dewey rallied for the Republican nomination for president in 1940, but he didn't get it?

This is the guy who ousted him.

Turns out it really didn't matter, of course - 1940 was the year that FDR was elected for his third term (and we all know he wasn't even done after that!).  Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that he didn't win, because Wendell Wilkie would've died in office (October 8, 1944).

Here's ANOTHER member of the liberal wing of the Republican party!  Sorry to harp on this but it just fascinates me that this exists, that there was a time in our history where politicians could actually vote against their party if they felt it was right.  I'm sure there was discourse because of it, but at least they weren't bullied for voting the way they felt was right.  And how's this for amazing - Roosevelt liked his politics enough to bring him aboard as an ambassador at-large.  WOW.

About these cinderella stamps - I can't even remember where I got them anymore - it's been quite a while! There are three different stamps but alas - they're pasted to the black paper.  I love that I own them, because to my mind, Mr. Wilkie's one of those blips on the history timeline.  Think I'm being melodramatic?  Consider this:  during Wednesday's "Jeopardy!" episode, not ONE person could name Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984 - and that was the historical Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to be chosen as a vice president!  You could tell Alex was annoyed.  :)

With the zillions and zillions of political ads running currently, it makes you wonder if we'll ever be able to forget any nominee, winning or losing, ever again!  :D

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