Poor Al really never had a chance in the election of '28. America had been just had two consecutive Republican administrations, and it seemed the more you voted Republican, the fatter and happier you got, and so Hoover was pretty much a shoo-in. No one could imagine what could possibly go wrong. (Did I mention the year was 1928?)
Al's other problem was that he was a
Another strike against Al Smith was that he opposed Prohibition, which was a marvelous success no matter how you looked at it. Prohibition enjoyed support across a wide political spectrum from women's political groups, Protestant fundamentalists, and Italian Americans, especially in the Chicago area. Smith never had a prayer.1
Herbert Hoover: 444
Al Smith: 87
1. The story goes that after the election, Smith sent a one-word telegram to Pope Pius: "Unpack."