A Candidate for Sure
John Landon once wrote of his son: "He is about the busiest man you ever heard of--telephone is ringing day and night and men from every state in the union [are] coming here to see him." The old gentleman marveled that "one man came in an airship from Los Angeles for no other purpose than just to talk with him. One day the Santa Fe brought in three private cars, all coming to see the Governor." This increasing activity reflected Alf Landon's development as a national figure and his gradual entry in the 1936 presidential sweepstakes. As a result of his reelection in 1934, he was a prominent Republican; by the spring Of 1935, he was an influential Republican; by summer, he was seriously mentioned as a possibility for the nomination; by fall, he had received considerable support and was discussed in the press more often than any of the other possible Republican nominees. In December, Time commented:
Still withholding formal acknowledgment of his candidacy, Governor Landon continued last week to play his role of conscientious public servant modestly awaiting a call to higher service. But... [the] picture services were ready to bet 1,000 to 1 on the Governor's yearnings when they were furnished with a series of photographs depicting Alf M. Landon at six months in long skirts; Alf M. Landon going on 3 years in sailor straw and enormous kilts; Alf M. Landon at 4 in an embroidered collar; Alf M.