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Best Popular Vote Results In Presidential Election History

Who has had the best vote totals in the history of Presidential elections?

There have been 46 Presidential elections where the popular vote was tabulated and used to allocate electoral votes.

( Lyndon Johnson won many votes in his 1964 election.)

The first popular vote for President was held in 1824. Andrew Jackson won the popular count but lost the election in the House of Representatives to John Quincy Adams. This was the election of the so-called Corrupt Bargain.

Here are ten highest percentages won by a candidate for President since 1824 along with the number of votes tabulated for all candidates.—( The links to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs are very good.)

1. 61.1%—Lyndon Johnson, 1964, 70.6 million votes.

Four years ahead of the rise of the right.

2. 60.8%—Franklin Roosevelt, 1936, 45.7 million votes

A New Deal for Democrats after years of Republican domination.

3. 60.7%—Richard Nixon, 1972,  77.7 million votes.

“Nixon’s The One” until his resignation less than two years later.

( Warren Harding)

4. 60.3%—Warren Harding, 1920, 27.8 million votes

In the first year women could vote, a return to “normalcy.”

5. 58.5%—Ronald Reagan, 1984, 92.6 million votes

Mourning in America—for 41.5% of voters at least.

6. 58.2%—Herbert Hoover, 1928, 36.8 million votes

Republican fortunes would soon crash.

7. 57.4%—Franklin Roosevelt, 1932, 39.7 million votes

Any port in a storm.

8. 57.4%—Dwight Eisenhower, 1956, 62.0 million votes

His Vice President would do even better 16 years later.

9. 56.4%—Theodore Roosevelt, 1904, 13.5 million votes

Bully for the bully.

10. 56.0%—Andrew Jackson, 1828, 1.1 million votes

No corrupt bargain this time around. No candidate would win a higher percentage for 76 years.

June 17, 2008 Posted by | History, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Remote Yet Connected—I Want To Be Like The Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands are both remote and connected.

2,400 miles from the nearest continent, the chain is the most remote group of islands in the world.

Yet the Hawaiian islands are also fully connected to the world.

I want to be like the Hawaiian Islands.

I like my space, but I want to be engaged with others as well.

June 17, 2008 Posted by | Relationships | , | Leave a comment

Top Texas Political Blogger Photographed With Fruit, Dolls & Books

Here is a Texas Liberal exclusive.

That’s me—the leading political blogger in Texas and in all America—holding a fruit salad I made this evening.

I wish I could make a giant fruit salad for all my blog readers.

Above me you see my Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson and George W. Bush dolls.

I play with them all the time. I have F.D.R and Old Hickory kick Mr. Bush around.   

You also see two drawings of Martin Luther King watching over me.

Please click here for the best Martin Luther King reading list on the web.

Look at all the books behind me. 

Have I read them all?

I’ll never tell. 

In addition to this blog, you can find me as one of eight featured politcal bloggers at the Houston Chronicle  and at Where’s The Outrage? which posts out of North Carolina.

Where’s The Outrage is the home of the Dr. Errington Thompson podcast.

Thank you for reading Texas Liberal!

June 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Martin & Malcolm | , , | 2 Comments

Another Killer Whale Dead At San Antonio Sea World

From the Houston Chronicle

A 2½-year-old killer whale died Sunday night at SeaWorld San Antonio, becoming the second orca to die at the theme park in the past eight months. Early Monday, Sea World officials said the female killer whale named Halyn died unexpectedly.

But Sea World spokeswoman Fran Stephenson said Monday evening that the whale had been under a 24-hour watch and was on two courses of treatment after her behavior changed earlier in the weekend. She said she didn’t know what those changes were.

Tissue samples from the whale will be examined to establish a cause of death, she said, but that will take about six weeks. “While we recognize that death is part of the life cycle, we are saddened over the unexpected loss of this animal,” a SeaWorld press release said.

Halyn was one of five killer whales at SeaWorld San Antonio’s Shamu Theater, but Stephenson said Halyn didn’t perform regularly because she was young.The whale was, however, featured in educational presentations and behind-the-scenes tours.

The death comes almost eight months after Taku, a 14-year-old male orca, died Oct. 17 at the park. Officials said that death was unexpected as well. Tests showed Taku died of pneumonia, a respiratory infection.

I’ve said a number of times on this blog that killer whales don’t belong in tanks.

Above you see a picture of a killer whale that did not have to be trained to jump.

Please click here for my post on what is done with killer whales after they die at Sea World

Please click here for my post on the death last year of Taku the killer whale at San Antonio Sea World

Here is some good information about killer whales

June 17, 2008 Posted by | Sea Life, Texas | , , , , | 11 Comments