10 questions about the men who quested for the highest office and lost. Strangely, each and every one would have destroyed America if elected, so next time someone tells you America is terrible at picking presidents, just remind them of that. The answers are all names of the President who won the election.
1- Even though he later won an election for
president, John Adams also lost twice to the same man, though he did manage to
place second in electoral voting both times, beating out such luminaries as
John Jay, Robert H Harrison, John Rutledge, and George Clinton. Who beat the esteemed Mr Adams twice?
2- Going into the election, George B McClellan
seemed like he had a good shot at unseating the incumbent. The country had been at war for roughly 3
years, and most people were tired of the war that looked like it may never
end. Sadly for McClellan, the war
started to accelerate towards its conclusion in the latter stages of the election year with
total victory looking more and more certain.
Soldiers in the army overwhelmingly voted for the incumbent, and
McClellan faded into history as a mediocre general and failed presidential
candidate. Who did he lose the election
3- Benjamin Harrison has the unique honor of being
the only person to unseat an incumbent president and then lose the
next election to the same man. It probably didn't help his case that his opponent shared his last name with a city that would later host an NFL franchise. It is well known that, unless you are a concussion, you do not go up against the NFL and win. Who did
Harrison lose to?
4- Despite having a glorious moustache, Alton B
Parker couldn’t compete with the man who later won the presidential
election. Imagine if Alton had
won? We’d have Alty Bears and the faces
on Mount Rushmore would have at least one different face gazing out on
America. Who beat Alton B Parker?
5- Most men who run for president only leave one or
two broken and dispirited men cast out in the trash can of history. This man is the only one to beat opponents in
four separate elections. Of the four,
Herbert Hoover at least got to be president for four years before losing, and Thomas
Dewey got a more famous headline later.
Wendell Willkie and Alf Landon? Assigned
to the losers with odd sounding names.
Who beat all four of these men?
6- Speaking of Thomas E Dewey, he was the last
presidential candidate to have facial hair (in this case, a very smart looking
moustache.) He also was the Dewey of the
famous Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper headline that declared him the winner of the election. Who, contrary to the
Chicago paper headline, was not defeated by Dewey?
7- The 1972 election was the last time a third
party candidate received a vote in the Electoral College. John
Hospers won one as the first candidate of the Libertarian Party, and George
McGovern won seventeen as the candidate of the Democratic Party. Which later despised President won by a
landslide with 520 EC votes?
8-Former vice president Walter Mondale lost in the
biggest Electoral College landslide in US history, winning only his home state
of Minnesota and the District of Columbia .
Which incumbent president won 49 states, and a record 525 votes in the
to the internet which he invented, Al Gore ‘lost’ the 2000 election in the
Electoral College, even though he won a majority of the popular vote. The main villain in this piece is, of course,
Ralph Nader, who guaranteed that no progressive will vote anything but
Democratic for the foreseeable future.
Who ‘won’ the 2000 election by virtue of a Supreme Court Decision (and a
majority in the Electoral College)?
Arizona Senator John McCain lost the 2008
election by a comfortable margin to the current president. According to Nate Silver’s 538 blog, the
winner of the 2008 election has, as of Monday night, a 91% chance of getting
reelected. Who is this current
president? (Please, for the love of God
do not get this wrong.)
1- George Washington
2- Abraham Lincoln
3- Grover Cleveland
4- Teddy Roosevelt
5- Franklin D Roosevelt
6- Harry S Truman
7- Richard Nixon
8- Ronald Reagan
9- George W Bush
10- Barack Obama