The Democratic Campaign
J ust as Garfield had attempted to conciliate the Stalwarts, Half-Breeds, and Independents in order to insure the success of the national ticket, so Hancock endeavored to find a formula that would weld together the antagonistic forces of Tammany, the supporters of Tilden, and the disappointed adherents of Bayard. He was faced with no easy task in his efforts to mold these diverse elements of the Democratic party into an effective national political unit.
John Hunter, a loyal Bayard supporter, was visibly disturbed when he discovered that William H. Barnum had been re-elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on July 13. Hunter regarded this action as a handing over of Hancock's administration to Tilden. He felt that a dishonorable deal had been made. Why would politicians never learn that honesty was the only policy that would lead to success, he asked, and why did they think finesse and corruption the only road to advancement of their pretended principles? Hunter was sick at heart, for he could see neither the success of the ticket nor the advancement of politics to a higher plane.1
August Belmont, a wealthy and important Democrat, was convinced that Tilden and his associates would have a large____________________