JOHN W. BRICKER "Personally Honest"
BY MURRAY SEASONGOOD
A "POLITICIANS' CANDIDATE" THAT IS HOW WALTER LIPPmann characterized John W. Bricker, the governor of Ohio. Lippmann's characterization was veracious. Bricker, preceding the Chicago convention, was the only avowed candidate for the Republican nomination for president. He toured the country extensively in behalf of his candidacy and made wide contacts with delegates and "the boys." At the convention he was more popular than Dewey. Ollie James, a political writer, said it was no secret by the time the Republican convention was two days old Bricker was the personal choice of the majority of the delegates.1 But the managers of the convention preferred Dewey. Almost to the last, Bricker had insisted he was not interested in anything less than the presidency, and stated categorically he would not accept the vice-presidential nomination if that were offered to him.2 However, when Governor Warren refused a vice-presidential nomination, Bricker behaved like the lady in Don Juan, who swearing she would never consent, consented. When he came to the speaker's platform to second the nomination of Dewey, the delegates gave him a tremendous ovation: he was their kind.
The late William Allen White referred to Bricker as "an honest Harding," and other detractors have dubbed him vice- presidential timber of the Throttlebottom variety, and ascribed to him the slogan, "Back to sub-normalcy." This is unfair char-____________________