Romney, JFK, FDR, and Al Smith

As Yogi Berra might say, the coming election is déjà vu all over again.  Those who were alive and paying attention during the 1960 election may remember that two issues dominated the on-the-street political discussions -- the same issues that overpaid news anchors and Democratic operatives are trying to use to get Barak Hussein Obama re-elected. One issue in 1960 was John Kennedy's religion.  You see, we'd never had a Catholic president before, although the Democrats did nominate Al Smith, a Roman Catholic, as their candidate against Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential election.  A lot of people worried that the pope would dictate policy to a President Al Smith if he won.  The New York Times noted the reaction to a simple publicity picture of Smith shaking hands with a man at the Holland Tunnel: "The people thousands of miles away who received copies of the picture were given a decidedly different explanation: Smith planned to extend the tunnel under the...(Read Full Article)

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