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Harding?-"Not Bad! Not Bad! -But-!" 1 PjF w HATEV1 K ttnM and the action of the Democrats at San Fran- r a. i 1. Cisco mav ao 10 souen mc milk occasioned by the nomination at Chi cago of Senator Warren G. Harding, of Ohio, as the standard bearer of the Republican party for 1920, a review of the comments of the nation's press would seem to show that the New York Times (Democrat) was a true prophet win ii it declared, the morning follow fag the close of the convention, that the nomination of Senator Harding wouh be "received with astonishment and dismay by the party whose suffrage he invites." Some of the sturdiest of the leading Republican journals do not quite conceal their disappointment. The New York Tribune does not try, and says edi torially, "It would be hypocritical for the Tribune to pretend that it is satisfied with this result." The De troit Free Press finds some comfort in the fact that Senator Harding "is a gentleman, somewhat of the McKinley type" and that if elected "may be depended upon to give the country a thoroughly American ad ministration, so far as his capabilities go." The Chicago Daily News thinks "The choice of Senator Warren G. Harding, of Ohio, as the Republican After the hullabaloo, the convention settled down and nominated the most colorless man named by the Republican party in 40 years. Milwaukee Journal (Independent). candidate for President proved a happy solution of the deadlock that had threatened to reduce to chaos the Kreal assembly of delegates," but calls attention to the fact that the party's choice was not the people's choice, and declares, "If the people do not like it they should awaken to their duty and their opportunity in coming presidential years, should select their candidates with care and should then proceed to put an unmistakable knock-out punch into the preferential primaries." The Minneapolis Journal frankly acknowledges "the nomination of Senator Harding produced at first a sense of disappointment" The Chicago Tribune, however, thinks the nomina tion well suited to the times and adds that it shows "the deep desire of the party and the American people to return to sound conservatism." and in this it is sup ported by Senator Capper's paper, the Topeka Capital, which applauds the nomination and lays, "Republican Senators and Congressmen supported the Harding can didacy because of their knowledge that with his elec tion "there would be harmonious co-operation at the two ends of Pennsylvania avenue." But the Independent and the Independent Republican papers seem to find few crumbs of comfort in the This vigorous follow through was not posed for the battery of cameras which were taking every move of the Republican presidential nominee. It is the real thing. four years is at an end all talk of a business man or any man of leadership or exceptional ability," and goes on to state, "Mr. Harding has been five years in the Senate and not one Republican in 5,000 can remember a page, a paragraph or even a sentence of his record. He has been consistently a standpatter, reactionary or ultra-conservative, whatever word one prefers. One instinctively thinks of the phrase 'eminently respect able' .... It is hard to think of him in anything but a Prince Albert coat, benign, statuesque, with no expres sion lighter than a faint smile or more serious than the trace of a frown. If elected Mr. Harding will serve well the leaders of the party machine. He has not been a leader and even as President will not be." - The Detroit News agrees with this view and sees no promise of a strong hand at the tiller of the ship of state. "A convention directed and guided away from the expressed desire of voters by a dominating in- No member of the United States Senate ever has been elected President of the United States. Those who believe custom and prej udice govern our affairs will take due note of this. Hartford Post (Independent). We had hoped that a man of undoubted courage, vision and executive ability would he chosen, but we have instead Warren Gamaliel Harding, one of the Senate group which controlled the convention .... It would be hypocritical for the Tribune to pre tend that it is satisfied with this result. New York Tribune (Republican). nomination of Harding. They sec in the nomination t tlu- Ohioan the absolute repudiation of the people's Y'shes, as expressed at the primaries and the growing determination of a senatorial cabal 1.) administer the executive as well as the legislative functions of gov ernment. "Senator Harding couldn't carrv his own state aRainst General Wood," declares the Hartford Post U "dependent). "He couldn't even get the Ohio Wood legates when the tide began to drift away. . . .As a candidate in the primaries and before conventions yarding couldn't have gotten a respectable showing of legates." The Milwaukee Journal (Independent) thinks that a,l talk of naming a big man for a most important ner circle containing Thomas W. Lamont and Colonel George Harvey require! a nominee content with things as they are and not one continually and restlessly striv ing to make them as they ought to be," says the News. In Senator Harding the Republicans have a nominee with an unbroken record in support of the established order. The convention, the platform and the nominee are in harmony. It is a clean-cut job. If the people want that kind of a president and that kind of a na tional program, the opportunity is before them. There is no hypocrisy about the proposition. The voter is not being deceived "Somebody, continues the News, "has to be Presi dent. Without doubt some of the directing influences of the convention would prefer Mr. J. P. Morgan for the office if they could have just exactly their hearts' desire. And as Mr. Morgan either is too busy to take the nomination or possibly .'eels a delicacy about sub mitting himself to the voters, what more natural step could the convention take than to nominate an agree able, competent, debt-paying, law-abiding but rather colorless gentleman, who will run the presidential of fice nicely, who can be trusted not to start an Ananias Club, who will not brand some of our most potent citizens as Malefactors of Great Wealth, and who, above all other things, will listen to reason?" the Republican voters will accept "this method of naming a candidate and the rather striking ignoring of the voice of the people even of the people of Ohio as expressed at the primaries." In conclusion, the News ob serves that the candidate fits thr platform, "since both are entirely colorless." But it is the danger that the Senate may grow too powerful in administering the affairs of the country that is first in the thought of the it recalls the fact that while Mr. Wilson has had considerable trouble with the Senate he is not the first President who has had such difficulty and it declares that the Senate has not always been guiltless in the mat ter of encroaching on the chief executive's pre rogatives. "On the whole," argues this paper, "it is better that the two branches should not be over-friendly. When Senators force the nomination of one of their colleagues as a presidential candidate, there will at least be a question as to whether there may not be a danger that the Senate will grow too powerful, as to whether the White House itself may not be a mere ap pendage of the Senate. While it is not to be expected that any man the Republican party could name would receive the indorse ment of the Democratic press, memory does not serve Beyond question the nomination of Sen ator Harding produced at first a sense of dis appointment. Minneapolis Journal (Republican). to recall another instance in recent campaigns in which the announcement of the Republican choice has met with so much derision at the hands of the opposition. The best they say of Senator Harding is that his virtues are all negative, and to this they add unani mously the statement that the Republican senatorial clique, in forcing his selection, has pledged the party to a reactionary role in American politics. The platform, especially with reference to the League of Nations, they find, in the language of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "cowardly, evasive and mean ingless stuff," with the peace plank "the crowning evasion." "When a plank delights Hiram Johnson, on the one hand, and on the other is 'perfectly satisfactory' to Murray Crane, .somebody i being cheated and the at tempt to humbug the public is plain," says the New York Times, which adds that the issue cannot be put aside so easily and that Mr. Harding "will have to make his own plank about the Treaty. He cannot go on all through the canvass facing both ways even if there is a winning smile on both faces." The Dayton News sums up the entire Chicago con vention as "a colossal piece of effrontery" while to the As our Presidents have averaged, Senator Harding, if elected, will not be the worst. . . . But he will not open the road for any Pa nama Canals; he will not lead the way to any great national reforms; he will not give us the Roosevelt picture of a great heart beat ing constantly in sympathy with mankind. Detroit News (Independent). He is a political product and a representa tive of the Senatorial interests that took it unto themselves to formulate the policy and name the candidates of the party. Indian apolis News (Independent). The Indianapolis News (Independent) thinks the "senate cabal" won just as it had planned. "The cabal also dictated the platform." says the News, "and from the beginning to the end was in undisputed con trol of the convention." The News wonders just how mind of the New York World. "With a standpat can didate and a standpat platform the Republican party has undertaken to turn the political clock back to 1900 .... the ancient partnership between Republican poli tics and special privilege is re-established." The Louisville Courier-Journal thinks the Repub licans have learned nothing since 1913 except hatred of Wilson. The nomination of Governor Calvin Coolidgc for the vice presidency is met with a very different note. Newspapers of both political faiths acknowledge that the nominee will bring strength to the ticket and many express a belief that the Republicans have recalled the office from the weak position it has occupied of late years.