National Affairs: The Buildup

A political campaign is a matter of years—not weeks or months. Long before the public hears the tumult and the shouting, the preliminary buildup has been under way ... I, and several other people who were close to the Governor [F. D. Roosevelt of New York], had been pondering over his chances to be the party standard-bearer in 1932 ever since his first election to the gubernatorial chair [in 1928].

—James A. Farley's Behind the Ballots

Years after the event (and even after his split with F.D.R.), big Jim Farley could still take professional pride in the preliminary buildup that gave...

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