A Long Shot
Early in the winter of 1933-34 there had been considerable discussion in Republican circles about 1936 presidential possibilities. Although the Republicans had been badly beaten in the 1932 elections, many of them, such as Chicago publisher Frank Knox, believed there would be a turn against the New Deal at the polls in 1934 (there had to be, they reasoned, for it was traditional that the party that lost the Presidency gained congressional seats in the following mid-term elections). Although far behind the Democrats in the number of Senate and House seats they held, the Republicans were not so weak that they could not--with the seats they should pick up in 1934--powerfully contest Roosevelt's bid for reelection. Many Republicans were convinced, however, that Hoover's renomination would preclude the possibility of electing a President in 1936; therefore, alternative nominees had to be discussed early, and almost every Republican congressman and governor who had won in 1932 was discussed in the spring of 1932.
Ben Hibbs, an editor of Country Gentleman, wrote Landon of this talk, and said that Landon was being considered, but the governor laughed it off, saying the Republican party was not "so hard up as to name a man from Kansas.""Not that Kansas couldn't furnish a good President," he added, "but the leaders of both parties just don't think of us