Wendell Wilkie, 1940
|See Footnote 3|
Republicans charged Roosevelt wanted to get us into a European war, but nothing could be further from the truth. Roosevelt sent Joe Kennedy to suss out the situation in Europe, and Kennedy came back with an upbeat, optimistic assessment: "Democracy is finished in Europe, and it may be finished here," so as far as anybody knew, things were hunky-dory. 1
In any case, Roosevelt won the election handily, and Wilkie became his unlikely supporter during World War II, serving as Roosevelt's personal representative to Britain, the Middle East, the Soviet Union, and China. 2
Franklin Roosevelt: 449
Wendell Wilkie: 82
1. Some people accused Joe Kennedy himself of being an anti-semite, but his remarks have been taken out of context. A comment like, "[some] individual Jews are all right... but as a race they stink. They spoil everything they touch" might be taken any number of ways.
2.Wilkie is rumored to have an affair with Chiang Kai-Shek's wife, Soong May-Ling. Not that this has anything to do with being a presidential loser, except to say, "Way to go, Wendell!"
3. For some reason, my caricature of Wendell Wilkie looks like a cross between Alfred E Newman and Ronald Reagan. I cannot account for this. Wilkie looked nothing like Reagan.