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  •  He wasn't really that extreme (3+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, James Allen, bumiputera

    Ideologically, he and Hoover were nearly identical; their only major difference of opinion was on prohibition.

    Smith lost because: (1) the economy was booming (which advantaged Republicans), (2) Republicans had a structural advantage between 1896 and 1928, and (3) he was Catholic, running in a time when anti-Catholicism and nativism were extremely strong.

    Still, even with the last handicap, had Smith been the nominee in '32, he'd have probably won.  

    •  Smith would easily have won in '32 (4+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, sawolf, James Allen, bumiputera

      By then, nobody cared about the demon rum or papists, they just wanted relief. Smith's work all during the '20s showed him to be a believer in activist, compassionate government, a perfect fit for the times. FDR winning really set off Smith's bitterness, setting him on course to become a right-wing nut within four years.

      The Old South's tactical voting was often highly unusual. In 1924, presidential candidate William G. McAdoo collected the endorsement of the KKK even though he was a progressive, simply because he was "dry" and Protestant (unlike Smith). And yet, the South voted for Smith as the candidate in 1928. They had a strict hierarchy of hates going on back then.

    •  I'd bet their tariff positions were different (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, bumiputera

      but I can't remember for sure.  It's been quite a while since I actually took a history course and Smith isn't really important enough in the grand scope of things that I remember it from first learning it.

      That said, any Democrat would have won in 1932.  Even Huey Long.  Hell even Henry Wallace would have won.

      NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

      by sawolf on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:34:35 PM PST

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