From Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God
, we learn about the kick-off to Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaign in Abilene, Kansas.
The town staged a massive parade in his honor, with a series of floats depicting events in h is life, ending with one carrying a replica of the White House with him inside. His parents had long since passed away, but the candidate made an appearance at their old clapboard home, using it as a shorthand for his humble upbringing, his family, and his faith.
You get that kind of political spectacle today, of course. What you do not get, especially in this silly era, is the timing.
All of the above happened in Abilene, Kansas, in June, 1952
Eisenhower secured the nomination in July, 1952
The next time you feel obliged to comment on the presidential candidacy of anyone, please wait until June of next year. Do not sit through news that contains any campaign information, at least not until June of next year.
Do not feed the beast of silliness.