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go home leaving the Republicans to their trouble. There is. some chance
for T. R. with the Republican convention If this play is made, even though
it is very remote. But there is no chance for him at all in the conciliatery
play Perkins is making.
First of all, the bosses want to win, and with T. R. nominated by the
Bull Moosers they would faqe -certain defeat with any other candidate, and
would be influenced by the fear of certain defeat -
One of the reasons tho 0. G. wants to nominate Hughes is that they
think T. R. would be afraid to run against him and Wilson.
The Old Guard have the votes, but don't know what to do with them.
They would be as arrogant and insolent as they were in 1912 if it were
not for fear of what the Progressives may do. - And if the Progressives do
it and do it first, there is apt to be a panic among the Republican delegates
and even among the bosses themselves.
The only chance the Progressives have of lining the Republicans up
is to scare 'em to death-and they can do that by calling off all negotia
tions, making their platform, nominating Teddy and starting for home.
It's time for Perkins to quit trying to capture the elephant by feeding
In the meantime, the Republicanstimid because of their doubt and
uncertainty admit that Wilson is running ahead of his ticket just .now.
Hearst and the Tribune have both lost their Teddy nerve, and both
The trouble with the whole situation, from the Progressive stand--point,
is that there is too much Perkins flirting with the Old Guard and
too little of the Roosevelt-Johnson vim, dash and reckless courage of 1912.
Perkins is too darned, polite. Cave-man tactics were the tactics for this
The more Perkins has conferred with the Old Guard the weaker Teddy
has grown in the Republican convention. ' The job of lining up Crane, Pen
rose, Barnes and their ilk might better have been left to the Wall street
agents of Rockefeller and Morgan, who understand the argument that
appeals to party bosses and organizations.
Raymond Robins' stirring keynote speech places the Progressives in
a much- better light before . the country than the back-room dickering of
Progressive bosses with Old Guard bosses. It's time for the Johnsons,
Pinchots and Murdocks to take hold and do the leading, if the Progressives
of 1916 are to keep alive the spirit of 1912.
There may be an Old Guard spurt for Senator Harding now. It' was
talked of in Ohio three weeks ago. His big presence, splendid voice and
Dld-style G. 0. P. oratory is expected to start a boom for him among those
who enthuse over an orator who can wave the flag and malce the eagle
scream. And Harding is an organization man through and through, a 33d
iegree standpatter of the old school. There are many delegates from Ohio
who are for Burton only so long as he has no chance. Harding will get
the Ohio delegation if he needs itj
Sounding the "glories" of the G. I smashed its way through old Boul;
0. P., admitting its 1912 mistake, I Mich, to the opening of the conven
and flaying the Wilson regime, Sen. tion today.
Warren G. Harding, temporary chair- Harding, living up to his reputa
man, sent the first thrill up the spines I tion as one of the old war horse ora
Qf the rain-drenched crowd that I tors, chose- "Americanism" as his