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Re: [prezveepsenator] Re: Vt. City Electing Mayor Via Instant Runoff

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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    Great post, Greg.. I have taken the liberty of passing this along to the American Presidents group, as we are covering FDR this week, giving you proper credit,
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 6, 2006
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      Great post, Greg.. I have taken the liberty of passing
      this along to the American Presidents group, as we are
      covering FDR this week, giving you proper credit, of
      course.

      Tom



      --- greg <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > The Nader-Gore situation reminds me of something I
      > read the order day
      > that you all might be interested in. This is from
      > Robert S.
      > McElvaine's The Great Depression (246-247):
      >
      > In the summer of 1935, the Democratic National
      > Committee conducted a
      > secret poll on [Huey] Long as a possible third-party
      > presidential
      > candidate. The Democrats were shocked to learn that
      > between 3 million
      > and 4 million Americans might vote for Long and
      > wealth-sharing. Even
      > more disturbing to New Dealers were indications that
      > Long had strong
      > support in the midwestern Farm Belt and in the
      > industrial regions
      > along the Great Lakes (12.5 percent) and even the
      > Pacific coast (12.1
      > percent). The 1935 poll showed that Long could
      > command a minimum
      > 100,000 votes in New York. It was reported
      > separately that he might
      > have obtained 250,000 votes in Ohio. Such a Long
      > candidacy could throw
      > the election to the Republicans. This was a fate
      > Franklin Roosevelt
      > did not want to see befall his countrymen. The
      > President was already
      > engaged in a secret war against Long. The White
      > House offered
      > encouragement to the senator's opponents in
      > Louisiana, denied
      > patronage to Long's supporters, secured the help of
      > other southern
      > senators in attacking Long, and even had the Justice
      > Department and
      > the FBI investigate the possibiity of sending troops
      > into Louisiana to
      > "restore republican government."
      >
      > ...
      >
      > By 1935, Long was making it plain that he was likely
      > to support an
      > independent presidential candidate the following
      > year. His apparent
      > plan was to siphon enough votes from Roosevelt to
      > elect a Republican
      > in 1936. Long believed that things would get so bad
      > under a Republican
      > administration that the people would turn to him in
      > 1940. The Kingfish
      > would be only forty-six when the new decade began,
      > so there would be
      > plenty of time.
      > There was not. Before Long's last book, My First
      > Days in the White
      > House, could reach his public, an assassin's attack
      > ended any
      > possibility that fiction might become fact. As Long
      > stood talking to
      > aides in a corridor of the Louisiana Capitol in
      > Baton Rouge on the
      > night of September 8, 1935, Carl Weiss, a young
      > physician who saw Huey
      > as a tyrant and whose father-in-law had been wronged
      > by the Long
      > political machine, walked up to the senator and shot
      > him with a
      > pistol. Long's bodyguards responded by emptying
      > their guins into Dr.
      > Weiss.
      >
      > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, "Ram Lau"
      > <ramlau@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > > Votes that went to Ralph Nader might
      > ultimately have
      > > > > gone to Vice President Al Gore.
      > >
      > > Gore should just run again in 2008.
      > >
      > > Ram
      > >
      >
      >
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