BROOKHART: AN ARTICULATE ARCADIAN
THE election of Smith Wildman Brookhart to the Senate in 1922 gave the first, foul warning to a new family in the White House that an era of abnormalcy had arrived in the West.
"He is an economic illiterate," said his distinguished but defeated opponent, the late Albert B. Cummins. "If his power were equal to his desires, the government would not last a fortnight."
"We have enough radicals and mischief-makers in Washington," said the father of Warren G. Harding during a G. A. R. encampment in Iowa, "without sending another one there."
" Wildman is a good name," explained Brookhart when punning predictions were voiced by columnists. "It is my mother's name; it is English. But it is also notice to the stand-patters that I am one Progressive who won't be tamed."
He had, according to unflattering advance notices, only one speech and no evening clothes. The speech was written in 1920, and served for all occasions; it still does. It shows that tattooed on his honest mind are such monstrous images as "the Wall Street crowd," "high-toned society," the railroad magnates, the Federal Reserve System, the international bankers and wealthy wets.