The Presidency And The Presidency
There are a few campaigns that do standout above others. The election of 1896, 1932, 1980, and the most recent election have shaped and changed politics as we know it. “The country is in greater danger than it has been since 1861. This is not merely our opinion, and is not merely a party opinion. It is the profound belief of patriotic men without distinction of party and in every section of the country” (New York Daily Tribune, 1896). The election of 1896, the election against the “Gilded Age Republican” (Kelly, 2003) William McKinley and the Populist candidate William Jennings Bryan. The era of Republicans of using the Civil War to mobilize Union veterans was slowly coming to an end due to “the defeat in Congress of the Force Bill, legislation designed to use Federal police power to enforce black suffrage in the South” (Kelly 2008). By the end of the 19th century the GOP was led by a new-generation of politicians associate with the corporate capitalist elite, most notably Mark Hanna, McKinley’s campaign manager. Hanna’s strategy was to out spend the opponent. “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is” (Hanna, 1859).