We seemingly jump from crisis to crisis as harsh rhetoric replaces substantive reform. However, the lack of civility certainly apparent today is far from new. In fact, it is as old as our republic and, historically speaking, much tamer.
Campaigns are misguided to think they can reach these disparate types by adopting some middle of the road, wishy-washy, one-size-fits-all position. Instead, the groups need to be marketed to in different ways.
The lesson of Upton Sinclair's 1934 gubernatorial run is that sticking to principles and running hard from the left -- if backed by the grassroots -- can get results from a president, even if the candidate in question loses.
The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce today virtually ordered all member businesses to close up shop on Election Day and get out the vote for Merriam against Upton Sinclair in the California gubernatorial race.
So far at this part in the '34 California gubernatorial race, Katharine Hepburn had refused to comment on the district attorney's investigation of political intimidation in Hollywood. But that didn't stop her father from speaking for her.
William Randolph Hearst was back at San Simeon after an absence of five months and ready at last to select a candidate in the California governor's race. His papers had been crucifying Upton Sinclair for the past month.
Upton Sinclair succeeded where greater writers failed -- he nearly got elected to high office, and, even in losing, had a profound effect on an American president and the future of politics in America.
She didn't fit the bill of a presidential hopeful's daughter, and it had become a problem. Her hair was too blonde, too much like a stripper's, she says, and her clothes and language weren't refined enough.