Never Again: A President Runs for a Third Term

By Herbert S. Parmet; Marie B. Hecht | Go to book overview

EPILOGUE Never Again

ROOSBVBLT HAD WON the election but had not established a new precedent, even though, in 1944, he went on to a fourth victory. Running against Governor Dewey of New York, he was the leader of a nation at war; and most Americans felt more secure in keeping the President in his post than in making substitutions when the major military tasks were still incomplete. Furthermore, the great post- second-term barrier had already been broken. However much Dewey referred to government by "tired old men," no "fourth term" issue ever developed. Willkie, the man who had challenged Roosevelt's right to a third term, had already been destroyed as a contender by increasing opposition from conservative Republicans and then, decisively, by his poor showing in that spring's primary election in Wisconsin. His subsequent withdrawal was inevitable, and he died less than one month before election day without having made any public statement of support for either party's candidate. Some disenchanted Willkieites, many of whom had spoken so vigorously in 1940 against a third term, favored Roosevelt for a fourth. Among them was Russell

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Prologue the Third Term Tradition 1
  • Chapter One - the Artful Dodger 7
  • Chapter Two - "The Stab in the Back" 23
  • Chapter Three - "The Darkest Horse in the Stable" 51
  • Chapter Four - "Life Begins in '40" 73
  • Chapter Five - Closing the Gap 103
  • Chapter Six - "We Want Willkie!" 127
  • Chapter Seven - the President Decides 163
  • Chapter Eight Shattering a Tradition 179
  • Chapter Nine "The Rich Man's Roosevelt" 197
  • Chapter Ten the Candidate Joins His Party 217
  • Chapter Eleven Political Speeches 237
  • Chapter Twelve the Third Term 259
  • Epilogue Never Again 281
  • Notes on Sources 290
  • Index 296
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