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Favorable or Unfavorable #55: James G. Blaine


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Favorable or Unfavorable #55: James G. Blaine  

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James G. Blaine of ME was arguably the most influential Gilded Age figure never elected president, despite many attempts. He was the frequent foe of Roscoe Conkling. It's typically considered the leader of the Half-Breeds, including by Mayhew, but some scholars dispute that. No doubt, Blaine was an anti-stalwart leader, but the Half-Breeds apparently weren't as formal as a group. On top of this, some saw Blaine as a hybrid of Stalwartism and Half-Breedism. The best argument for this is the Mugwumps jumping to Cleveland. Mugwumps were typically Half-Breed Republicans. Blaine's supporters called him the Plumed Knight, but his critics called hime The Continental Liar from the State of Maine. He was charismatic but also prone to scandal, although he may have arguably had personal integrity. Nevertheless, the aura of scandal often held on to him, upsetting his presidential ambitions. 

The main driving issue was civil service reform. Half-Breeds typically wanted to reduce tension from the Civil War by allowing Southern whites to integrate back into the governmental system. While the Stalwarts wanted control of civil service appointments to party loyalists, which included Black Southerners. There's upsides and downsides to both sides. One side was merit-based, in general, but the result would see blacks in the South purged from office as Southern whites regain power. The other wise would see a spoils system-style corruption, but it at least allowed blacks the only political influence they could have at the moment. It's win-lose either way you go. 

His actions:

Blaine, James G. 1866 a leader of congressional moderates
Blaine, James G. 1867 says disenfranchise former Confederates
Blaine, James G. 1868 Initially opposes impeaching Johnson, but switches his vote when its time to vote
Blaine, James G. 1869 Jay Cooke, RR exec, took mortgage on his house, causing minor scandal
Blaine, James G. 1869 Half-Breed leader elected Speaker of the House
Blaine, James G. 1872 Anti-Grant GOP considers running Blaine for pres, but he backs Grant
Blaine, James G. 1872 asks exonerating investigation of self in Credit Mobilier scandal
Blaine, James G. 1875 Comes in second in Speaker election
Blaine, James G. 1875 rules change to ease passing Civil Rights Act of 1875
Blaine, James G. 1875 Does not vote on the House anti-third term resolution aimed at Grant
Blaine, James G. 1875 Proposes the Blaine Amendment, prohibiting public funds for religious schools (mostly Catholic schools)
Blaine, James G. 1875 Minority nominee for Speaker
Blaine, James G. 1876 pres candidate of GOP Half-Breeds and the original frontrunner
Blaine, James G. 1876 accused of taking $ from Union Pacific RR (Mulligan Letters)
Blaine, James G. 1876 promotes Electoral Commission bill
Blaine, James G. 1877 advises Hayes regarding appointments
Blaine, James G. 1877 leader of GOP Half-Breeds
Blaine, James G. 1878 Strongly opposes the Bland-Allison Act
Blaine, James G. 1880 Rep Pres cand, favored by those opposed to Grant/Conkling wing
Blaine, James G. 1880 seeks GOP pres nom
Blaine, James G. 1881 appointed Sec of State for Garfield, serving as primary advisor
Blaine, James G. 1881 Calls for Pan-American Conference of select Western Hemisphere nations
Blaine, James G. 1881 Calls for a treaty to construct a Panama Canal w/o British involvement
Blaine, James G. 1881 Walking with Garfield when the pres is shot by the assassin
Blaine, James G. 1881 Resigns as Sec of State as he struggles to dominate the cabinet w/ Arthur (a stalwart) as pres
Blaine, James G. 1882 Declines pressure to run for Congress again
Blaine, James G. 1884 Rep nom for Pres, narrowly defeated by Cleveland
Blaine, James G. 1888 Rep Pres Cand
Blaine, James G. 1889 Confirmed Sec of State for Harrison, but rift w/ Harrison as Blaine is more popular than him
Blaine, James G. 1890 Role in Pan-American Conference
Blaine, James G. 1892 Resigns b/c of health, but may have done so for pres nom run against Harrison
Blaine, James G. 1892 Rep pres cand
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8 minutes ago, vcczar said:

It's typically considered the leader of the Half-Breeds, including by Mayhew, but some scholars dispute that. No doubt, Blaine was an anti-stalwart leader, but the Half-Breeds apparently weren't as formal as a group. On top of this, some saw Blaine as a hybrid of Stalwartism and Half-Breedism. The best argument for this is the Mugwumps jumping to Cleveland. Mugwumps were typically Half-Breed Republicans. 

This reads like some Harry Potter shit

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