Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Politics was a lot more fun back in the day:

… delegation-selection proceedings were under way in several states that had not yet adopted the primary system. On 23 January, Oklahoma’s Fourth District Republican convention grotesquely dramatized the factionalism of a party splitting three ways.

The local committee chairman, Edward Perry, was a Roosevelt man who hoped to create a progressive stampede for the Colonel. A letter from Gifford Pinchot reminded him that, as yet, La Follette was Taft’s only official challenger. Perry read the letter to the convention, but made plain that he still favored Roosevelt. This infuriated the rank and file supporting Taft. Pandemonium ensued, with Perry roaring, “Slap Roosevelt in the face if you dare!” over contrary shrieks and howls. A posse of fake Rough Riders invaded the hall. For fifteen minutes they tried to storm the stage, but found it harder to take than the Heights of San Juan. Cigar-smoking Taft forces repelled them. One cavalryman got through on a miniature pony: the young son of Jack “Catch-’em-Alive” Abernathy, a friend of Roosevelt’s famous for seizing wolves by the tongue. The boy shrilled “I want Teddy!” to the crowd, touching off further furor. But then the organization men suppressed him, and the convention endorsed Taft over La Follette by a vote of 118 to 32. Perry, locally known as “Dynamite Ed,” showed his displeasure by going outside and detonating five hundred pounds of high explosives.

I almost hate to admit this, but I’d sign up to be a Republican in a minute if they still had guys like “Dynamite Ed” Perry.

Dynamite Ed | 8:31 pm CST
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4 Comments

  1. 1 Gary j said at 10:18 am on December 16th, 2010:

    What? Sarah “Mama Grizzly” Palin not enough for you? You smell of elitism. You betcha!

  2. 2 Dave said at 9:24 pm on December 16th, 2010:

    Does Sarah Palin voice her disapproval with hundreds of pounds of high explosives? No? Just the whiny voice? Definitely not good enough, then.

  3. 3 Gary j said at 10:21 am on December 17th, 2010:

    She can bring down a bull moose with her bare hands, the legend has it. Is that tough enough fer ya?

  4. 4 Dave said at 8:36 pm on December 17th, 2010:

    When I see it on YouTube, she’ll have my vote.