They Like Ike



Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.

Will Rogers



Something for the weekend.  They Like Ike (1952).  I think it says something good about the country that presidential campaign songs are so forgettable.  The exceptions, Lincoln and Liberty Too and Happy Days are Here Again, were produced when the country was going through rough patches indeed.  Historically most Americans have looked on politics as a distasteful distraction from daily life.  When that has not been the case, the country has usually been in trouble.



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  1. In Disraeli’s novel, Coningsby, Mr Taper andMr Tadpole are discussing the forthcoming election.

    “And now for our cry?” said Mr. Taper.

    “It is not a Cabinet for a good cry,” said Tadpole; “but then on the other hand, it is a Cabinet that will sow
    dissension in the opposite ranks, and prevent them having a good cry.”

    “Ancient institutions and modern improvements, I suppose, Mr. Tadpole?”

    “Ameliorations is the better word; ameliorations. Nobody knows exactly what it means.”


    This is a compendium of advertisements (though not a comprehensive one) for each presidential election since 1950. The partisan Democrat in my household thought the woman singing the praises of Adlai Stevenson was an assault on the senses. (You may have to download an update to Adobe Flash to view the commercials).

    Have a look at the Republican ads for 1968 then look at the shooting scripts in Joe Maginnes The Selling of the President, 1968. Partisan Democrats (Paul Krugman, for one) have as an article of faith that Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’ incorporated racial appeals. You can see from these data that that notion is tommyrot all the way down.

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