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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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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