Monday, May 24, 2004

Should Kerry accept the nomination at the Democratic convention?

Howard Reiter reports that during the 1860 GOP convention in Chicago, "Lincoln made a surprise appearance and gave what must be the earliest in-person acceptance speech in history...."

So now we know why Stephen Douglas lost the US presidency in 1860 to Abraham Lincoln: He failed to speak to his party's convention! (Should we let Bill Safire in on the news?)