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  •  Let's not forget, in 1932: (2+ / 0-)
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    sacrelicious, ShadowSD

    Both candidates used the radio . . . Hoover's addresses were logical and competently delivered, but lacked enthusiasm. Roosevelt, by contrast, had a magnificent radio voice and was able to convey a sense of competence and hope to the listeners.

    FDR pledged to help the "forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid."


    Hoover began his campaign convinced that the return of prosperity was at hand. He was initially content to allow surrogates to take his message to the voters. . .

    A Growing Panic:

    As fall approached and the economy remained in the doldrums, the president took to the stump. He was sharply critical of Roosevelt's inclination to have the federal government act to solve the nation's problems. He viewed such solutions as contrary to American tradition and believed that only free enterprise would restore prosperity.

    Exploiting Fear:

    Shortly before election day, Hoover warned that if Roosevelt were elected, then "the grass will grow in the streets of a hundred cities, a thousand towns; the weeds will overrun the fields of a thousand farms...."

    The result:

    In the end, Hoover had the impossible task of defending failed policies and strategies. The Democratic victory took on landslide proportions . . .

    •  And even so, (1+ / 0-)
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      there were some people for whom FDR wasn't progressive enough.  Hopefully Obama has built enough of a movement that we can suffer such fools and still win.

      Freedom is in the fight.

      by Troubadour on Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 10:25:57 PM PST

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