Blaine’s Scandal Sheet


 “He Can’t Beat His Record”
  Cartoonist:  Joseph Keppler
  Source:  Puck
  Date:   July 30, 1884, p. 174

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This Puck cartoon by Joseph Keppler argues that Republican nominee James Blaine's real competition in the presidential race is his own record of scandal and controversial policies. In the background appear Blaine's two most vocal advocates, Congressman William Walter Phelps of New Jersey, peeking his head out of the tent, and New York Tribune editor Whitelaw Reid, carrying a water bucket. Flower wreaths extend to the candidate the best wishes of wealthy businessmen, Jay Gould, Cyrus Field, and Russell Sage. Blaine is encouraged from the sidelines by (clockwise from bottom): former governor William Kellogg of Louisiana; Blaine campaign manager Stephen Elkins; naval contractor John Roach; former Navy secretary George Robeson; vice-presidential nominee Senator John Logan of Illinois; and former president Ulysses S. Grant.












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