Trouble In Ohio.

August 3, 1907

Summary

The Planet gives an overview of Foraker’s “uphill battle of a campaign” that he will be running in Ohio for Senator, while he is a Republican in a successful Democrat led time.

Transcription

Trouble In Ohio.
The fight now on in Ohio between the friends of Secretary William H. Taft and Senator Joseph B. Foraker is to say the least interesting. The latter has openly declared his opposition to the candidacy of the distinguished member of President Roosevelt’s cabinet. In doing this he has given notice that the Senatorship is a secondary consideration. The attempt to call him off by the threat to retire him has failed.
This means a long, bitter fight in Ohio. It may be well to note that the declarations of Senator Foraker have a peculiar significance. He declares that the presidential aspirant is in favor of tariff revision, standing virtually upon the platform occupied by Grover Cleveland. It will be seen then that while President Roosevelt has taken plank after plank out of the Democratic platform, and divested Hon. William J. Bryan of all of his political issues, not excepting the government ownership of railroads, Mr. Taft takes up the question of tariff and in so doing has aroused every manufacturer in the United States.
That Senator Foraker will have the support of these interests is a foregone conclusion and that there will be a revolution in the ranks of labor is equally evident. The laboring elements are already chafing under the declaration of President Roosevelt that Moyer, Haywood and Debs of the Western Federation of Miners are undesirable citizens and this attempt to lower the tariff or tinker with it will be regarded as an assault upon the wage system of the workingmen of this country.
They are enjoying a period of unparalleled prosperity under present conditions and the laboring elements of every nation of the world are looking to us with envious eyes. The question then is, shall we nominate a man on the Republican ticket, who is pledged to a change of these conditions?
Senator Foraker is ready to meet the issue and if any one doubts that he will lack for backing in his uphill fight, he has but to think over the matter and draw his own conclusions.
That the Taft managers are desperate is evident from their action in having the Republican State Central Committee in Ohio go out of its way and give a perfunctory endorsement of the candidacy of Secretary Taft, which endorsation was not binding on any Republican in Ohio and as Senator Foraker says not even binding upon themselves.
The vote stood 15 to 6, which showed an opposition of about thirty percent, even in the committee. A corresponding falling off of the vote of the party in the state, coupled with the dissatisfied colored vote, would land the aspirant for the seat in the White House, somewhere on the shady side of the river of defeat, when the votes are counted on a certain November evening.
So far as we are able to observe, the Brownsville affair will be the mill-stone around the neck not only of President Roosevelt, but any one whom he may name for office. It was an outrage that cannot be justified either in morals or in law. The differences between the Republican and Democratic Parties are not so marked as they once were and there are thousands of colored voters who will support the “Devil” in preference to the hypocrite.
An active opposition in Ohio is bound to win in the end, whether it is in the minority or not, for no party can go into a presidential contest with the active antagonism of such men as Chairman Dick and Senator Foraker. They may be bound by party action and vote for the nominees, but there are others who will take the hint and be found wanting at the polls.
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Upper Left Quadrant

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Benton Camper

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“Trouble In Ohio.,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed January 30, 2023, https://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/868.