1936: No endorsement

Once the implications of the New Deal became clear, The Sun turned on Franklin Roosevelt, accusing him of undue government meddling in the economy. But the paper could not quite bring itself to endorse a Republican. It offered no formal endorsement in 1936 but implicitly championed Kansas Gov. Alf Landon. The connection was so close that H.L. Mencken (center) invited Landon (left) to dinner in Baltimore as consolation prize for what remains the worst electoral defeat in American history.

( UNKNOWN, Baltimore Sun / October 21, 1998 )

Once the implications of the New Deal became clear, The Sun turned on Franklin Roosevelt, accusing him of undue government meddling in the economy. But the paper could not quite bring itself to endorse a Republican. It offered no formal endorsement in 1936 but implicitly championed Kansas Gov. Alf Landon. The connection was so close that H.L. Mencken (center) invited Landon (left) to dinner in Baltimore as consolation prize for what remains the worst electoral defeat in American history.

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