Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:13 PM
Mdterp01 (144 posts)
This may have been posted, but is the "Redskins Rule" finally dead??!!
I was so sick of tools saying "oh Romney was fonna win bcuz the Redskins lost their home game right before the election". For real?? Anyone who believed that bullshit should've had their voting privileges stripped.
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This may have been posted, but is the "Redskins Rule" finally dead??!! (Original post)
Response to Mdterp01 (Original post)
Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:18 PM
caraher (4,819 posts)
2. My all-purpose response to things like that...
Last edited Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:06 PM - Edit history (1)
Edited to point out that this is from xkcd.com; I did not create it myself, but I've posted it many times!
Response to caraher (Reply #2)
Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:51 AM
Firebirds01 (576 posts)
8. Al Smith
Radio and Religion killed Smith. Remember people were still scared of catholics when Kennedy ran and that was long after Smith. Midwest and western voters were worried about Smiths catholicism and how he could reconcile that with US laws/constitution. The Klan, famous for its hated of blacks, was at the time very very focused on stopping catholics and immigration from catholic European states. This is actually the reason why congress did not want public money going to charter schools. There was a very real fear that Catholic schools would brainwash the youth of America and turn them into Papists. Funny how that has come full circle and but evangelicals in the rump.
The second issue was the radio. a good number of folks owned a radio at this time (dont have the stats on me, sorry). They would hear the voice of Hoover, which sounded like a standard midwestern accent. This is something you would hear from Pennsylvania to California. Smith's strong new york accent sounded like a foreign language to most who heard him. We that even today politicians will adopt local sayings or local pronunciation when speaking to a crowd from that region. Smith was called a foreigner because of his religion and when people heard him speak he believed he was "not one of us."
Smith's failure however created an opportunity for another Democrat to rise up in the ranks. His name was Franklin Roosevelt.