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In 1964, the moderate wing of the Republican Party tried to dislodge Barry Goldwater as the presumptive GOP nominee going into the Republican National Convention. He was depicted as an extremist, a right-wing fascist bent on plunging the country into war. A potential Hitler, basically. An interview with Der Spiegel was twisted into an attempt to appeal “to right-wing elements in Germany” by CBS correspondent Daniel Schorr, who also casually dropped that Goldwater said he planned to visit former Nazi-stronghold Bavaria.

Lest these subtle clues be lost on delegates and potential voters, Goldwater opponents came up with buttons like the one above. “Hohenzollern Goldwater” refers to the Hohenzollerns, the ruling house of Brandenburg-Prussia and of imperial Germany. So, like, he’s so in love with the right wing and Germany that he’s now German. Or something. It’s not one of the more well-thought out slam buttons.

Read more about the convention in-fighting in 1964 Republican Convention: Revolution From the Right, from Smithsonian Magazine: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/1964-republican-convention.html

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In 1952, women outnumbered men in the electorate ... so of course there were "I Like Ike" clip-on earrings and "Mamie and Ike" charm bracelets.
Bell Ringer: First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and the 1952 Election. Description. Guests discuss President Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie, the 1952 election, and campaign memorabilia. (5 mins). Participants. William Snyder, Curator, Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home ...
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Was John Kennedy's 1960 run the first modern presidential campaign?
He was novel, energetic and knew how to harness mass media. Today, candidates still follow his lead.
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Why did Nathaniel Hawthorne decide to write a biography of arguably the worst president in our history?
Nathaniel Hawthorne was on a remarkable run in the summer of 1852. He had previously won acclaim for his short tales, but a succession of novels that included The Scarlet Letter in 1850, The House of the Seven Gables in 1851, and The Blithedale Romance early in 1852 had launched...
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+BuzzFeed wonders if George W. Bush would have been "the most GIF-able president of all time."
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A little artistic license with a famous Library of Congress image of outgoing President Lyndon Johnson and incoming President Richard Nixon chatting on Nixon’s inauguration day, January 20, 1969.
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"I’d vote for a yellow dog if he ran on the Democratic ticket!"

"Yellow dog Democrats," historically Southerners, would vote for a yellow dog before they’d ever vote Republican. Though the term "yellow dog" in reference to Democrats dates back at least to the Abraham Lincoln era, it was popularized in the 1928 presidential election.

When Democratic Alabama Senator Tom Heflin not only refused to endorse fellow Democrat Al Smith in his run for the white House, but went on to actually support Republican Herbert Hoover, Alabama Democrats were furious. Even if they felt similarly about the brash and liberal (and Catholic) New Yorker, they vowed to remain true to the Party:

"Blue dog" Democrats, by the way, refers to a Congressional caucus of Democrats who are generally more conservative than the Party as a whole.

Button via the Edna Mae Phelps Political Collection, Oklahoma State University: http://dc.library.okstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/Phelps/id/1295/rec/4257
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An offhanded remark dogs Taft throughout the 1908 campaign season.
"God Knows" Taft In January of 1908, before he was officially a candidate for the presidency, then-Secretary of War William Howard Taft took questions after an address at Cooper Union in New York...
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Listen to Joseph McCarthy talk to kids about “Alger” Stevenson and the “Commiecrat” party
Listen to Joseph McCarthy talk to kids about “Alger” Stevenson and the “Commiecrat” party On October 9, 1952, one lucky group of Young Republicans in Saginaw, Michigan, had the honor of hosting...
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By July of 1877, then-Ohio Congressman/Future President James Garfield had figured out Congress.
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In 1928, Herbert Hoover the presidential candidate promised “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Hoover tempered his optimism significantly. Franklin Delano Roosevelt subsequently elected in a landslide.

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