The Democratic Nomination


 “The Combination”
  Cartoonist:  Udo J. Keppler
  Source:  Puck
  Date:  May 15, 1912

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Puck was a humor magazine that represented the pro-business wing of the Democratic Party. It had backed conservatives Grover Cleveland in 1884, 1888, and 1892, and Alton B. Parker in 1904, but had opposed populist William Jennings Bryan in 1896, 1900, and 1908. Here, Bryan’s past agenda—free silver (“16 to 1”), populism, anti-imperialism, and opposition to predatory wealth and “everything”—is not the right combination to open the presidential safe. Instead, each of the four leading contenders for the 1912 nomination declares emphatically that his plan for tariff reform will give Democrats a winning combination for the first time in twenty years. The candidates are (clockwise from the center): Congressman Oscar Underwood of Alabama, Speaker of the House Champ Clark of Missouri, Governor Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey, and Governor Judson Harmon of Ohio.













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