CHAPTER 9
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

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Chapter 1 Beginnings 3
  • Chapter 2 Getting Down to Business 20
  • Chapter 3 State Chairman 47
  • Chapter 4 Oil and Politics Mix 67
  • Chapter 5 from Oil Rebel to Governor 91
  • Chapter 6 the Governor in Action 118
  • Chapter 7 Affairs of State 150
  • Chapter 8 a Second Term 181
  • Chapter 9 a Long Shot 208
  • Chapter 10 a Candidate for Sure 234
  • Chapter 11 the Early Campaign 262
  • Chapter 12 Full-Time Candidate 291
  • Chapter 13 Sunflowers Do Not Bloom in November 313
  • Chapter 14 from Under the Wreckage 340
  • Chapter 15 Titular Head 353
  • Chapter 16 a Practical Liberal? 381
  • Chapter 17 Days of World Crisis 407
  • Chapter 18 Politics in Time of Peril--1940 423
  • Chapter 19 Road to War 454
  • Chapter 20 Political Opponent in Time of War 480
  • Chapter 21 the Postwar World 513
  • Chapter 22 Ten Years Down on the Farm 542
  • Chapter 23 Elder Statesman 560
  • Bibliographical Note 583
  • Achnowledgments 586
  • Index 589
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