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President Wilson who saw in a vie-'
tory for the Hearst-Sullivan alliance
a setback for President Wilson. And
the two consecutive defeats for Rog
er Sullivan, in the senatorial election
last year and the city election Tues
day, will put a decided crimp in Sul
livan's political strength. No leader
can keep on leading his party to de
feat and retain his influence. The
good soldiers get tired of being licked.
It was nlain enough to a student
of politics that the campaign mapped
out to put Sweitzer over, after his
election last year as county clerk,'
was to combine German and Catholic
voters. But it was poor planning. It
didn't take into account the impor
tant fact that no class of voters en
joys being herded, stampeded or de
livered. There is no man in Chicago who
can solidify the Catholic vote, the
German vote, the Irish vote, the
Methodist vote or any other class
vote, for the simple reason that there
is no such thing as a class vote.
There may be uniformity as to re
ligion among Catholics, Methodists,
Baptists and other sects, but when
it comes to politics they split up just
as other men and women do.
The landslide for Thompson is
proof enough that he received thou
sands of Catholic and German votes,
just as he received thousands of other
kinds of votes. I should say that
votes were driven away from Sweit
zer by the circular and other appeals
to class interests ouside of politics;
and I have no doubt at all that Sweit
zer got thousands of Protestant votes
because of the belief among many
that Protestants, or Thompson's
friends and managers, worked the re
The Sullivan generals made sev
eral mistakes. Among them were the
appeal to Germans because of the
European war, and the attempt to
make Lorimer an issue, which meant
kicking him when he was down. Lor
imer is a 'Catholic himself, and hasn't
wholly lost his friends 'with his polit-,
ical and financial fortunes; and the
attacks on Lorimer certainly served
to counteract other atempts to so
lidify the Catholic vote.
The Thompson generals started in
on one very bad tactical mistake, but
quickly backed up. Had the scheme
of flooding Chicago with Republican
orators from other states been car
ried out, and a city election turned
into a national election, the effect
would have been to drive many Dem
ocrats who wanted to lick Sullivan
back to their party.
The way the hostile Daily News
jumped on that scheme indicated to
me that some of the Republican gen
erals were back of it whose personal
political fortunes would have been
helped by Thompson's defeat.
I didn't consider the attitude of the
newspapers as important, because I
didn't think they could influence the
result one way or another in this
campaign. The issues outside of
party politics went too deep for the
intelligent voter to permit himself to
beled around with a newspaper ring
in his nose.
I consider this a good thing for
Chicago. It serves to open the eyes
of public officials to the fact that the
newspapers can't deliver the goods in
politics, and that a public servant
who is on the square and does his
duty can tell all the newspapers to
There never was a clearer illustra
tion in Chicago of the fact that news
papers can't lead the people where
the people don't want to go.
Another illusion was dispelled, and
that is the influence of the loop. Pol
iticians have considered the loop,
with newspaper support, all power-.
f ul. Tuesday's election indicates that
it isn't anything to be afraid of. And
I predict that with the incoming,
council the newspapers are going to "
have a mighty tough job on their y
hands every time they attempt to sell
out the people of Chicago to serve ,
the selfish interests of their adver
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