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, - COASTING THE PRESIDENTIAL. VI& - -
This nation hasn't got its politics on straight by a long" shot.
The hatpin of the primary tilts it up in unseemly fashion on the side
j - aiid the electoral college affair raises it in the rear in a most un
stylish way. , -
It is claimed that the presidential primary isi:he voice of the
party, yet that voice wasn't listened to with -rquchj effect at Chicago
in that demonstration for Hadley. We, learned that the'selection
might fall upon a man who practically hadn'tbeen even mentioned
in .a whisper and despite the long and strenuous campaigns by Taf t
It is at least pertinent to ask what use are the popular primaries
under which a convention can give the partya nominee who was not
in the running at all, and who might have been discarded if pre
sented to the, voters. ,
Then look at the possibilities in the electoral college. Hpw
ridiculous it appears on its face.to sweat, swear and claw each other
in .caucus, prpimary and convention for a choice and finally leave the ,
choice to a body'of electors who are absolutely irresponsible in a
political moral sense!
Suppose that Roosevelt wins enough of the electoral college to
prevent the election of either the regular Republican or Deniocratic
nominee by that fyody. In such a case the election would go to the
present Democratic house of representatives, in which body each,
state would have one vote for president, .the political complexion
of which would depend upon whether the majority of congressmen
from the state were Republican or Democratic. Figuring thus, the.
house is so nearly evenly divided 'that Col. Roosevelt might again
hold the balance of power, should he carry two or three states and
persuade the present congressmen therefrom to stand by' him.
See how crooked the thing is on, don't you?
1 At great expenditure of time,, money and talk, we express our
choice at a primary and turn the choice over to a convention which-
does as it pleases. Then .we get all heated up over the choice of
electors of a president and turn the choice of president .over to elec
tors who do as they please. Or,' in case the electors get stuck, we
turn our choice over to a house of representatives which may be
against us politically. Indeed, our plan is .so ridiculous that we may
finally get a president the very man we didn't want. '
- The thing reminds one of a Chinaman who burned his house
in order to cook his pig that was in it. But if you object to it, you ,
are horribly unconstitutional ' -