Archie Roosevelt, with Presidential pet badger Josiah, who bit visitors.
WOO-HOO! It’s OVER! Those suffering from arrested development will continue to whine for a bit if their man or woman didn’t win, but the wisest will progress to more important matters. Like raking leaves, cleaning the gutters, and throwing out those stupid lawn signs. Time to lighten up, people! Here’s your quiz. You’ll find the answers listed as the first comment:
2.) The most hotly contested US Presidential election was not the 2000 “stopped recount” battle between Bush and Gore, nor the Nixon / JFK contest of 1960. This election was the only year in which one candidate got an absolute majority (over 50%) of the popular vote, and still lost.
3.) What famous candidate said this in a debate:
“I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races. I am not, nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”
4.) These days Presidential candidates in the US get to choose their Vice Presidential nominee, but that wasn’t always true. How were Vice Presidents originally chosen?
5.) This candidate campaigned from his prison cell, and won nearly a million votes – 3.4% of the popular vote. His name and party?
6.) Zachary Taylor won the election of 1848 with 1,361,394 votes. He would have had one more, except?
7.) Since 1948, there is a physical attribute that correlates to the winner of a US Presidential election 3 out of 4 times. What is it?
8.) When was the last time a third-party candidate won Electoral College votes, and who was that candidate?
9.) There’s a lot of talk about the difficulty governing a winning Presidential candidate who gets less than 50% of the popular vote will have, but one time the winner only garnered a piddly 8%. How was that possible?
10.) The US has had its share of bizarre political parties, but we aren’t alone. In 1994 Jacob Haugaard won a seat in Parliament. His party was the Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements. They promised “better weather, better Christmas presents, and the right to impotence.” What country?