THE REPUBLICANS BEGAN TO LOOK FOR A candidate in 1935 who could defeat "that man in the White House." They had not been able to build up any national figure whose abilities could compete with the "more abundant life" appeal of Roosevelt.
Ed Wynn, the comedian, explained their dilemma by a story of his travels in Egypt. He came across some workmen digging in a pile of ancient ruins. Wynn asked if they were digging for King Tut's tomb. "No," one of them replied, "we are trying to dig up a Republican to run against Roosevelt."
There was Hoover, of course. A friend slapped Hoover on the back, saying he thought Hoover should have the nomination because "we can't beat somebody with nobody." Hoover snapped back: "The Democrats did in 1932."
The newspapermen knew Hoover hadn't a chance. Ray was one of the first to suggest in his column the able Governor of Kansas, Alf M. Landon, as a Presidential candidate. Landon, who had put his state on a pay-as-you-go basis, was