Sunday, May 18, 2008

Abraham and John


For those of you history buffs, on this date in 1860 Abraham Lincoln became the Republican Party nominee for president. Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote in Team of Rivals,

Once the vote was made unanimous, the celebration began in earnest. A man stationed on the roof of the Wigwam shouted the news of Lincooln's nomination, along with that of Hannibal Hamlin of Maine for Vice President, to the thousands waiting on the street. Cannons were fired and "between 20,000 and 30,000 were yelling and shouting at once." The festivities continued through the night. "The Press and Tribune building," one of the paper's reporters wrote, "was illuminated from `turret to foundation,' by the brilliant glare of a thousand lights which blazed from windows and doors." Shouldering the symbolic fence rails that Lincoln had supposedly split, Republicans paraded through the streets to the music of a dozen bands.

I don't think Senator McCain is going to get quite that reception.