Friday, January 4, 2019
The more things change..................
................the more they stay the same. The year was 1885:
Ohio's political parity rendered it imperative that each party consolidate its base, meaning minority segments with splinter-issue passions had to be accommodated. Republicans needed to assuage the temperance movement so it wouldn't split off into a one-issue party and undermine Republican prospects. But that meant fewer Democrats could be lured to the GOP in close elections. Democrats had to conciliate populist dissidents demanding soft-money policies to aid debtors and slam elites. That means, likewise, that few Republicans would rally to the Democrats. The result was a precarious political environment for politicians of both parties. McKinley's mercurial Seventeenth District was a case in point.
-Robert W. Merry, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century