Grover Cleveland Holds Umbrella for Benjamin Harrison, Who Defeated Him

As indicated on the podcast detail of the 1889 inaugural of Benjamin Harrison shows Grover Cleveland, hat in hand holding an umbrella for Benjamin Harrison during his inauguration. He had just been defeated for the Presidency by Harrison. Of course this politeness didn’t stop Cleveland from getting the office back, 4 years later.

Notes of 1884: Thoughts on That Election, and The Current One

We discuss the tight election that elected the first Democratic President in 25 years, Grover Cleveland, the Republican help he got, and some comparisons and contrasts to the current election.  A President’s umbrella, salutes for his “big foot,” chain-armor clad parades, and the importance of a concern for the “general weal.” all in this episode. …

Now on The Patreon Site – Mario Cuomo Running and Not Running

ON the PATREON SITE , the story of Mario Cuomo’s non-runs for the Presidency. We talked about candidates not running for President on a recent cast, but in that one we were looking at obscure stories. The obvious story of a modern candidate not running for President. We talk about the reasons. A lot of…

The “Gaffe-a-thon” of the 1976 Election

Jimmy Carter’s speechwriter said “We were 30 points up. But unfortunately we had to campaign.”  That’s how the general election of 1976 went. A tight race turns to a veritable battle of gaffes between two newbie Presidential candidates.  From plane weights to Soviets to love and lust and religion and race, a surprise challenger try…

Dewey Gets Mad: Another Look at the 1948 Election

Truman’s high-tech train, Dewey’s We Go High optimism and the defeat that made him cling to it, Truman’s risky calling of a Session of Congress and how it went badly for him in a few ways, and Dewey’s decision to get angry, unfortunately first at an average citizen and only later at his opponent.  These…

The Fifth Debate That Never Happened: 1960

After the four TV debates between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960, there was talk of a fifth.  That talk didn’t result in another TV debate, but did provide one more campaign issue for a very tight election, and developed a new thing – TV debate negotiations.    Among the reasons the debate…

John W. Davis Also Ran

When an obscure lawyer won a party’s nomination for President in a surprise convention choice, he used his platform to take on a hate group. 

Pirates and America, w/ Rebecca Simon, Author of “Why We Love Pirates”

America’s fascination then and now with sea rebels, sea dogs, privateers, smugglers, and pirates by other names is pretty clear.  Books, movies and video games with pirates sell.  We talk with pirate expert and historian Rebecca Simon, Ph.D. and author of “Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy…