Almost, but Not Quite

From the Daily Standard:

The magic number needed to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 1976 was 1,130 delegates, and Ronald Reagan was oh so close as the national convention prepared to convene.

After losing six straight primaries to President Gerald Ford early in the year, Reagan had come roaring back, attacking Ford for his weak foreign policy and deficit spending and winning the crucial North Carolina primary with help from Sen. Jesse Helms. Reagan achieved a political resurrection and posed the most serious challenge to an incumbent Republican president since 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt had taken on William Howard Taft.

After Reagan won the Texas, Indiana, Georgia and Alabama primaries, a nonplussed GOP establishment that favored Ford struggled to understand the former California governor’s appeal. Conservative author Richard Whalen made it easy for them: Reagan was doing well because he was “unsullied by Watergate, untainted by Vietnam, and uncorrupted by a Washington system that isn’t working.”

However, after failing to carry Ohio although easily winning his home state of California, Reagan realized that the political momentum was shifting back to Ford. Something dramatic had to be done. Breaking a long-held precedent, he announced his running mate before the convention: Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a moderate conservative with a high rating from the AFL-CIO. Schweiker assured Reagan and his aides that he could pry loose delegates from Pennsylvania and other Northern states. […]

Anxious to achieve unity, Ford generously invited Reagan to join him on the platform following his acceptance speech. Reagan gave a rapt convention and tens of millions of viewers a taste of what they would have heard if he had been nominated. Without notes or a teleprompter, he speculated how Americans 100 years from now would look back at this time.

Would they say, “Thank God for those people in 1976 who headed off that loss of freedom; who kept us now a hundred years later free; who kept our world from nuclear destruction?” This was this generation’s challenge, Reagan declared. “Whether [the Americans of 2076] have the freedom that we have known up until now will depend on what we do here.”

via When Reagan Almost Won: The 1976 GOP Convention

And perhaps we shall, once again, have cause to quote the old English ballad that Reagan quoted the next day:

“I’ll lay me down and bleed awhile; although I am wounded, I am not slain. I shall rise and fight again.”

If so, we will know, once again, that it is the truth. And we shall return to the arena.

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20 Responses to Almost, but Not Quite

  1. the unit says:

    I guess we been through a lot of almost, but not quites. Like soon the last eight years will be over, almost but not quite.
    BTW…just noticed I’m reading a view from the Anglosphere instead of the Prairie. Man, that’s a lot more fly-over country!!! 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Haven’t we though? Yeah, I thought it was about time that we reflected Jessica’s participation more than our headline did. Does take some flying though! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I figured taking into account her contribution. That’s good.
        Well, we can be helicopter bloggers and commenters. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yessir! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Perhaps Jessica will give us her thoughts on the Brexit movement. Surely we readers won’t be moved to the back of the queue? 🙂
          Interesting article…
          http://www.openeuropeberlin.de/the-anglosphere-destiny-or-fantasy-by-edward-aldred/

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        • NEO says:

          I suspect she, like me, is doing her best to avoid politics, for the present, but I’ll ask. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Don’t burden her with it.
          It just seemed like issue fit in with almost, but not quite line of inquiry. lol

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        • NEO says:

          Eh, no problem, if she doesn’t want to, she won’t. She (like me) is like that! 🙂 I may write about it again though! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I think, awhile back, you wrote it is something for the Brits to decide. But like they notice our elections and such, we should be interested and pay attention to what goes on “over there.”
          Seems like an Anglosphere thing to do, if not a necessarily a Prairie thing that needs doing. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, especially after Obama stuck his oar in!

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        • the unit says:

          That’s why I used the “queue.” Just read earlier today the reason he said that is because his father was a British citizen. Supposedly other phrases he has used were usual British ways to put it. I don’t know if his father was or not.
          Of course he would speak Austrian in Austria, or medical to Corpsemen. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Quite, and Ted cruz called BS on that, said they’d go straight to the head of the line, as befits our best friends! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Still you remember from NAFTA, the executive appointed U.S. Trade Representative makes the deals, unencumbered by anyone, other than the President. Then congress votes to fast track it and won’t vote until the required votes are secured. Congress persons lean this way and that way ’til then.
          It would be interesting to see that changed by anyone.

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        • NEO says:

          Sure would.

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        • the unit says:

          Fat chance. Lucifer could hold a snowball longer. 🙂

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  2. JessicaHof says:

    I am hoping to put something up on Brexit later this week 🙂 xx

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    • NEO says:

      🙂 xx

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      • JessicaHof says:

        Now scheduled.

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        • NEO says:

          Yay! xx

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