WHEN DEWEY ANNOUNCED his candidacy it was the first of December. Several hundred faithful followers were present as he opened his campaign headquarters at 100 East 42nd Street. His manager, J. Russel Sprague, a Republican leader from Long Island, introduced the official candidate. Other Republicans throughout the state promptly accepted the political realities and lined up with New York's most powerful member of their party. Harold Ickes noted that Dewey's official entry hardly "made a ripple." When Dewey delivered the opening speech of his campaign at St. Paul later that week, Ickes thought it offered "some euphoneous generalities."
Taft of Ohio was also in active pursuit of the nomination. In December he chose Boston for the major address of a New England tour. He championed all of the sacred things--a balanced federal budget, reduction of regulatory measures against business, promotion of private enterprise--but, significantly, he also endorsed one of the