This is the point where we really, really starting phoning in our idea of “an update every day”.
That’s a photograph of Thomas E. Dewey, 47th Governor of New York and Republican candidate for the 1944 and 1948 Presidential elections.
This after he’s already been a candidate for the 1940 Republican ticket, a race in which he’d been the early favourite, only for growing conflict in Europe convincing many Republicans that at 38, not to mention him leading the liberal faction of the GOP, he was considered far too young to lead the nation in wartime.
By 1952, accepting his style just wasn’t rocking enough for 1950s America, he declined taking part in the presidential primaries. Instead he threw his support behind ultimately successful Republican Presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower, proving to be one in the eye for his bitter rival within the Republican party, conservative Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft.
That’s not why we admire him, however. We think his name will live on throughout history for one very special reason.
Just look at it. It’s like a trained caterpillar. Marvellous. What did Taft bring to the hirsute table?
Sweet Fanny Adams, that’s what.