Jump to content
The Political Lounge

Favorable or Unfavorable #14: Robert B Anderson


vcczar

Favorable or Unfavorable #14: Robert B Anderson  

14 members have voted

  1. 1. Did you read my first comment?

  2. 2. Favorable or Unfavorable #14: Robert B Anderson



Recommended Posts

Robert B. Anderson of TX was a former Democrat-turned-Republican who had the complete admiration of Eisenhower. He's one of a few examples of a politician that an incumbent president thought perfectly suited for the presidency but who was so obscure as to not get support from the rest of the party. FDR has his own Robert B Anderson in Harry Hopkins. Despite Eisenhower's support of Anderson, he never aimed for political office once JFK became president. Anderson would be imprisoned for bank fraud and etc in the 1980s, but that's not captured in his actions since it was over 20 years after he was a political figure. 

Here are his actions:

Anderson, Robert B 1956 Switches to GOP; had been Eisenhower's Sec of Navy as a Democrat and as a close advisor
Anderson, Robert B 1956 Was to be Eisenhower's VP for 2nd term, but Nixon turns down Sec of Def offer.
Anderson, Robert B 1957 Replaces resigning Humphrey at Sec of Treasury for Eisenhower
Anderson, Robert B 1960 Declines pressure from Eisenhower to challenge Nixon in GOP primary
Anderson, Robert B 1960 Recommended as VP on Nixon's ticket by Eisenhower, but declined
Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 minutes ago, vcczar said:

His actions are mostly intentions for Anderson than anything he did, specifically. I don't strongly disfavor his actions, I just don't see him doing anything to warrant favorability. 

Yeah, and in that light, the party switch is kind of bizarre.  I mean, it does make sense, you're batting for one team, you might as well be formally on that team... but usually that's the move of someone with some... ambition... I don't know.  In the context of a career like this it comes off as more of a sign of mailability. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, OrangeP47 said:

Yeah, and in that light, the party switch is kind of bizarre.  I mean, it does make sense, you're batting for one team, you might as well be formally on that team... but usually that's the move of someone with some... ambition... I don't know.  In the context of a career like this it comes off as more of a sign of mailability. 

Yeah, it is curious. I think he may have done it from pressure from Eisenhower for the 1956 VP scheme. 

  • Agree 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...